By Dave Winer on Tuesday, November 01, 2011 at 2:04 PM.
Here's a strange idea. Stories can have source code, just like apps can.
I edit my articles in an outliner. I can use the structure to control how it's rendered. But once you're reading the story you don't care about the structure so much, you just want to read it.
However, if I ever want to edit the story, I want the structure I was working with last time I edited it.
I wanted this feature so much that I had to write my own blogging software. The existing blogging software simply didn't thave this concept.
Anyway, I hope to entice lots of content distributors to read my linkblog feed. And when they do, I want to give them the option of not just pointing to my writing, but to actually render it in situ.
This "in situ" thing is going to be big. The next thing after curating and link blogging. Think of it as insitublogging (doesn't actually roll off the tongue does it).
Here's how it works. There's a new element with every item, in the microblogging namespace, that links to the OPML source of the story it's pointing to in the link element. It's called <microblog:linkSource>. Screen shot.
If you're reading my feed and see it there, and want to show the full text with structure, go right ahead! That's what it's there for.