Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Scripting News is a feed reader

I like to think my blog is interesting because of what I write here, but it's also interesting in how it works. And this is something, I think, anyone with a little experience in HTML can appreciate.

If you open most web pages of news sites, you'll see a combination of markup, things in <angle brackets> that tell the browser how to present stuff, and the text that makes up the page. Do a view-source on the home page of the New York Times for example.

If you do the same thing on the home page of Scripting News, you'll see something quite different. The content isn't there. Look more closely, near the top, there's a section of script code that says where it is:

var urlRss = "";
var urlRiver = "";
var urlLiveblog = "";
var urlCardFeed = "";
var urlFlickrFeed = "";
var urlAbout = "";

Each tab on the home page displays a feed, each from a different source of content: my main blog, liveblog, cards, Flickr photos, links, river, and an outline with information about the site.

In other words: Scripting News looks like a blog, but it's actually a feed reader.

Last built: Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 9:07 AM

By Dave Winer, Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:17 AM. Still diggin!