Re: FoRK archives in XML/RSS via XSLT?

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From: Dan Brickley (
Date: Sat May 06 2000 - 10:14:57 PDT

On Sat, 6 May 2000, Edd Dumbill wrote:

> On Sat, May 06, 2000 at 01:16:10PM +0100, Dan Brickley wrote:
> > Or I could just hack a screenscraper in Perl. Actually I just did but
> > it's ugly and (for some reason - will fiddle more later) rather slow.
> >
> > (no guarantees -- flakey, buggy, slow etc and doesn't track
> > URL for current month)
> I've just used my RSS proggy I wrote for Zope [1] to suck in this RSS file.
> HTMLization is available at
> (thoroughly untarted-up).

Ah, the power of technology -- we've roundtripped it back into HTML

Now if we could drop in channels for, say, the FoRK required reading
list (to which I'd definitely add your for sure, beats
getting xml-dev in my inbox :-)

From :

            22. Okay, how do I get bits?

            By regularly reading the FoRK "required reading" list:
                 Above the Crowd
                 dist-obj Archive (summer 96 - present)
                 FoRK Archive (spring 96 - present)
                 I, Cringely
                 Need to Know
                 New York Times
                 Rapidly Changing Face of Computing
                 Red Rock Eater Digest
                 Release 1
        , the ULTIMATE geek news site
                 Stating the Obvious
                 Tasty Bits from the Technology Front / TBTF
                 The Onion

We'd have something rather handy...

> This also mirrors the XML at which is
> available almost-instantly, a lot quicker than Dan's program
> (obviously).
> I've set up a cronjob to mirror this hourly.

Thanks. I nearly bothered doing that but though it'd distract me from
getting round to an XSLT version...

> Unfortunately it shows up that Dan's prog is currently generating the
> wrong URL for each post...

Gah, sorry, based it on a Perl scraper for
(1000s of hypermail-ish mail archives) that mostly 'just worked' when pointed
at FoRK. Fixed now.


> -- Edd
> (Zope's too cool, this took me a minute to set up!)
> [1]

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