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River of News in CSS, designer's release

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 by Dave Winer.

I wrote my first RSS aggregator in 1999.  Permalink to this paragraph

Believe it or not the core of that aggregator is what's behind the aggregator I've been shipping in the OPML Editor. Since then I've written all kinds of specialized aggregators, and it turns out it's not that much work these days.  Permalink to this paragraph

Rather than live with all the decisions I've made over the last 10 years, I started over. The result is River2. Permalink to this paragraph

I just completed the first version, which I'm calling the "designer's release." Permalink to this paragraph

Every design element can be changed through CSS.  Permalink to this paragraph

You just save your change, refresh the page, see the result.  Permalink to this paragraph

The web server runs on your desktop, inside the OPML Editor. Permalink to this paragraph

To get an idea of what you're working with, my copy of River2 saves its home page to a public server every ten minutes. Yours will look like this too, until you change the design! A picture named sidesmiley.gif Permalink to this paragraph

So if you're interested in designing the look of a River of News aggregator, it's ready for you to try it out. Permalink to this paragraph

http://newsriver.org/river2 Permalink to this paragraph

If you have questions or comments, leave them here, or in the comment section on the page above. Permalink to this paragraph

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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

"The protoblogger." - NY Times.

"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.

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"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.

"The father of blogging and RSS." - BBC.

"RSS was born in 1997 out of the confluence of Dave Winer's 'Really Simple Syndication' technology, used to push out blog updates, and Netscape's 'Rich Site Summary', which allowed users to create custom Netscape home pages with regularly updated data flows." - Tim O'Reilly.


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