I’ve been slowly psyching myself up to implementing Don Park’s idea of a newpaper UI for an RSS reader. And then he goes and starts writing it himself. Swine. Although, looking at it, it’s done in the American style: English broadsheets aren’t quite as aggressive in displaying a byline for each article. This is both a good and a bad thing; good in that it means you’ll be focusing on content, not on who wrote it, but bad in that I do focus on author because some authors do consistently higher quality work. Then again, I suppose the argument here is that you only read what you consider to be high-quality feeds.
Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone had categorised their post categories list with XFML so that you could group up posts by category in the newspaper? I know Aquarion did, and I’d imagine Mark has, but certainly it’s not a massively common thing. I wonder how Don plans to get around this? If Mono worked then I could run his .net thing when it comes out.
Memo to self: will Mono run Syndirella? After testing, it seems not:
running the exe throws an error (“Assembly ‘Syndirella.exe’ has the
non-standard metadata heap #-. Recompile it correctly (without the
/incremental switch or in Release mode).Can not open image
Syndirella.exe”), and I can’t get
mcs, the Mono compiler, to compile
the code. (For a while
mcs died with a Wine error before I worked out
that you have to do “
mono mcs foo” to run it. Nonetheless, it throws a
parsing error on IHTMLDocument2.cs, and I know nothing at all about C#,
so I don’t know how to fix that.