Not really a bug report, but...(URL/link handling)

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Not really a bug report, but...(URL/link handling)

Postby Dan Dickinson on Wed Jul 09, 2003 1:25 am

Hey, first post!

Anyhow, I noticed that nntprss uses parenthesis to note links. For example (from the feed for nntprss):

"There have now been over 1600 downloads of nntp//rss, which is great! I'm closely following the emerging standards (e.g. Echo (http://www.intertwingly.net/wiki/pie/)), and will look to fold support for these into nntp//rss at the appropriate time. "

Only problem with this is that my news reader (and possibly others) choke on parens every now and then since they can appear in URLs. I was always told that the proper way to separate a link from the rest of text is with regular < > brackets. So the above should probably be:

"There have now been over 1600 downloads of nntp//rss, which is great! I'm closely following the emerging standards (e.g. Echo <http://www.intertwingly.net/wiki/pie/>), and will look to fold support for these into nntp//rss at the appropriate time. "

Thoughts?
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Postby jason on Wed Jul 09, 2003 11:16 am

Thanks for the information. I didn't realize that parenthesis would cause such a problem - will definitely investigate this issue.

You may also be interested in a new feature coming in 0.4. It supports the ability to 'footnote' URLs. Here's an example for the same blog post:

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The hosting change over has gone (relatively) smoothly, and we now have message forums[1] up and running. The more observant may have noticed the link appearing a few weeks back over on the left column of the website. There are various forums to discuss the current release, feature requests and useful hints and tips.

Now, onto a more important topic: version 0.4. I realize a bunch of you are crying out for this release. Be sure that I am still working to getting this finished! Work commitments have slowed down development, but I'm still working towards the next release. The Jakarta Commons HTTPClient project recently went into a more stable beta form, and those updates have been rolled into 0.4. xhtml:body support has also been included, as well as support for item-level authors (very useful for feeds that contain items aggregated from multiple publishers).

There have now been over 1600 downloads of nntp//rss, which is great! I'm closely following the emerging standards (e.g. Echo[2]), and will look to fold support for these into nntp//rss at the appropriate time.

Keep a close watch on this site, as well as the forums[3] and my blog[4] for further updates.

1. http://www.methodize.org/forum/
2. http://www.intertwingly.net/wiki/pie/
3. http://www.methodize.org/forum
4. http://www.jasonbrome.com/blog/


Link: http://www.methodize.org/nntprss/status.html#06272003
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Postby Dan Dickinson on Wed Jul 09, 2003 4:34 pm

Ooh, I like that too. :)
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Re: Not really a bug report, but...(URL/link handling)

Postby virtuelvis on Wed Jul 16, 2003 1:32 pm

Dan Dickinson wrote:I was always told that the proper way to separate a link from the rest of text is with regular < > brackets.


Just a clarification: The proper way of writing an URL is like this: <URL:http://www.example.com/>. Check out RFC 1738, which says:

In some cases, it will be necessary to distinguish URLs from other
possible data structures in a syntactic structure. In this case, is
recommended that URLs be preceeded with a prefix consisting of the
characters "URL:". For example, this prefix may be used to
distinguish URLs from other kinds of URIs.
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