February 17, 2003

Responses to feature requests

Response to the comments here :

Ricky: I don't really want to add the default browser preference to Syndirella itself. Why don't you and the other people create a separate user account for each of you, and specify different default browsers for each user account?

sub: Searching for text in news items will be implemented in one of the future versions, most likely in 0.92.

Mattias: Possibility to specify a custom stylesheet for news items is also planned for 0.92.

Posted by yole at February 17, 2003 10:02 AM | TrackBack
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On the subject of feature requests, I'd *LOVE* Regular Expressions and also maybe the author/category fields too, as well as making it easier to figure out the date format.

But then on that train of thought, it might be easier for a person with no HTML experience to have a page displayed for them, and have them select the seperate parts, like title, and description, and maybe /automatically/ figure out how to parse the page?

I have some programming skill, I could try hacking something up, but I'm not sure how I would do that last idea of mine...

Also, completely unrelated, it would be nice if, when the news has changed, it showed the changes, ie. cross out deletions, or highlight additions? Again, I could look into doing it myself.

Besides those minor issues, I'd also wish for a better organized feed list display (but that's already mentioned a few times), but it's fine the way it is... All in all, a solid start ;)

Posted by: Louis St-Amour on February 17, 2003 10:52 AM

I think a cool feature would be feed groups. So I could categorize my feeds into blogs, news, etc...

=clint

Posted by: Clint on February 17, 2003 02:45 PM

Oh, I hadn't realised I'd edited it out, but I'm talking about improvements to the web feeds, like using regular expressions to find the title/description sections of a page... it wouldn't be too hard, just implement System.Text.RegularExpressions and then point to something like http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/helpsheets/regex.html if people want to learn more about them. Maybe include a checkbox for "Use Regular Expressions" for each feed, or under the preferences. I could try to implement it myself, but I don't really know much VB.net, just some C# (close enough I guess)...

Posted by: Louis St-Amour on February 17, 2003 07:42 PM

Oh, I hadn't realised I'd edited it out, but I'm talking about improvements to the web feeds, like using regular expressions to find the title/description sections of a page... it wouldn't be too hard, just implement System.Text.RegularExpressions and then point to something like http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/helpsheets/regex.html if people want to learn more about them. Maybe include a checkbox for "Use Regular Expressions" for each feed, or under the preferences. I could try to implement it myself, but I don't really know much VB.net, just some C# (close enough I guess)...

Posted by: Louis St-Amour on February 17, 2003 07:42 PM

Ahh. I double clicked!

Posted by: Louis St-Amour on February 17, 2003 07:43 PM

The one other feature request I'd most appreciate is the ability to arrange the feeds (possibly into categories like Clint mentioned above). Even the ability to arrange the Feed column by name or else just drag arround and order feeds according to my own whims (similar to how bookmarks work in IE or Mozilla, I suppose...) would definitely be appreciated. Showing the feeds in the order that they were added seems of little use to me considering the feeds I most care about are often surrounded by others which are less frequently updated or I don't care to check on as often.

Posted by: Cal on February 18, 2003 12:32 AM

"Why don't you and the other people create a separate user account for each of you, and specify different default browsers for each user account?"

Because you can't. Default browser is a system-wide preference, at least in Win2000. Change it for one user, it's changed for all.

Stinks, but that's how it seems to work... I'd love to be proven wrong though.

Posted by: Paul on February 18, 2003 02:27 AM

I'm afraid you appear to be right as far as Windows XP goes as well. No matter now much fiddling I've done in the registry today, the best I've come up with is having the link open up in Mozilla and then in IE.

There certainly isn't any *easy* way to set the default browser for one person.

Posted by: Ricky on February 18, 2003 01:18 PM

hy!

pretty cool! however, i'd love to be able to import a newline-delimited list of RSS URL's. this is what i could extract out of every tool i use (Mozilla, Feedreader, InEx, Powermarks)

Posted by: Raphael on February 18, 2003 02:19 PM

"I don't really want to add the default browser preference to Syndirella itself." - argh! i suggested the default browser pref via email and the idea does not seem to appeal the developer. i just hate to have copy & paste links to open with mozilla. i just hate to miss mouse gestures and tabbed browsing. just think about it before dropping the feature request. thanks.

Posted by: dee on February 18, 2003 05:59 PM

dee: I've got Mozilla set as my default browser in Windows XP and when I right click the links and select "Open in New Window" it opens for me in Mozilla. I think the point yole is trying to make is that the default browser is a system preference and not one that an RSS aggregator should be setting.

Posted by: Cal on February 18, 2003 09:31 PM

Cal: so it's a windows2000 problem. Mozilla is my default browser but when i click "On in New Window" in Syndirilla the bastard (IE) pops up. grrrr...

Posted by: dee on February 18, 2003 10:17 PM
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