Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mailing List Goodness

We implemented RSS feeds for most mailing lists last summer. They worked great except if you wanted to use the RSS to actually read the list, as some subscribers want to do, you couldn't see all of the content. The default RSS2 feed description does not contain a field for full content, only for preview content. At the request of Boris Bokowski and some others, I added another namespace (same as used by WordPress) that now contains the full HTML content of the message. You can now subscribe to mailing lists via RSS and get the full content in your reader. It has been tested with Google Reader and seems to work great. Lists will be updated as new messages arrive to the list archiver. In the meantime, check out photran-dev as an example. Enjoy!

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