Thursday, 29 July 2004

RSS feed now has full articles instead of excerpts

If you don’t know or care what an RSS feed is, you can ignore this entry. Those of you who care about this already know who you are.

Since I (and some of my readers) sometimes use slow connections to the Internet, especially while travelling — from mobile phones to Third world cybercafés with a dozen terminals sharing a dial-up connection over a noisy phone line — I’ve tried to keep my Web site optimized for low bandwidth. In that spirit (and because it was the default in my blogging tool, MoveableType) my RSS feed has contained only short article excerpts.

By popular demand, I’ve changed the RSS templates to include the full text of the most recent articles in this blog. I’m assuming that people who use RSS readers probably do so over relatively fast connections, and aren’t paying by the byte for data transfer (although RSS excerpt feeds could actually be a boon to browsers with slow or expensive connections).

If you don’t like it (or if you have problems with the RSS feed or anything else on this site), please let me know.

By the way, if one of my readers familiar with CSS and MoveableType templates wants to volunteer their assistance, please get in touch. There are some improvements I’d like to make to the structure of my blog archives and indexes that I don’t have the knowledge to make myself.

Link | Posted by Edward on Thursday, 29 July 2004, 11:59 (11:59 AM)
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