- Rewrote the headline module from scratch. Note that the old
headline code is still in place 'till the new code has proven to be stable. See "syndication.module" for the new code. Changes: + Improved the parser and tested it against RSS 0.9, RSS 0.91, RSS 0.92, RSS 1.0, RDF and XML feeds. + Improved the administration interface. It might be a bit fuzzy at first. Maybe some native English like Julian, Michael (or any one else with knowledge in the field) can help out by suggesting better naming, terminology or descriptions - as well as by writing the help section for this module? I'd have no idea how much this would be appreciated. + We can *easily* recognize new tags or extensions: we parse out "link", "title", "description" and "author" right now, but we will have to revise which tags to support and which not. New tags can be added in less than 10 minutes (if you are familiar with the code). Read: we have something we can build on. + Within each item, tags can now appear is random order which is or was not the case with the old headline code where we expect <link>s prior to <description>s for example. + Feed updates only (ie. always) happen through cron. Neither do we use one global cron for updating all feeds; instead, every feed can specify his own update-interval. + Newly fetched headlines are "appended" to the pool of existing headlines (read: we don't replace the whole feed), and headlines automatically "expire" after x days or hours. (Every headline has a timestamp.) + Got rid of backend.class; it is integrated in the module. + Switched to more generic names: "headline" became "item" and "backend" became "feed". This should ease future non-headline oriented syndication. + You can associate attributes or keyword lists with every feed. At the moment new items will automatically inherit their feeds attributes but in future we can use heuristics to make these attributes "mutate" when and where we see fit. The attributes can be maintained by hand as well. + We don't export any blocks yet; we will soon do as soon this new code has been tested for a bit more. We will only export bundles though so if you want to export by feed/source, you will have to make a source-specific bundle. - Polished a bit on a few other modules: nothing major.
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