RSS Feed

Readers occasionally ask for notification that this website has new content, in contrast to having to look from time to time for whether I have posted a new What’s New page and then to remember whether the latest that’s there is new to them. It’s a good suggestion, of course.

Of the various technologies for this, the RSS feed is easily the one that is suggested most. No doubt the devotees expect that authors will see the benefit of preparing some supporting list of new pages or of running some third-party script that automates the work. They likely also expect to read the new pages without leaving their feed viewer. I’m sorry, but there’s only so much I can do, though I might do more if those who want a feed will tell me how to set up what they want.

What I will do is maintain an RSS feed’s XML database so that it lists new What’s New pages and perhaps some others. This looks to me like the best balance. What I write here is not a blog of chronologically organised pages that’s naturally adapted to a feed. Neither is it a blog of pages that are written once and then left alone. It is instead a large collection of occasionally updated or reworked reference material organised hierarchically with a Table Of Contents (TOC). The succession of What’s New pages is the closest the site comes to being a blog. It’s what I see can be presented as a feed.

As for presentation within a feed viewer, I’m sorry, but for better or worse, I long ago decided that I did not want my content re-presented in any other pages’ frames. My scripts assume that my pages as I prepare them are loaded into a browser’s top window. If instead they are already in a frame, then they try to get loaded into a new window. I don’t see why any feed viewer should have trouble with this. It must be expected. Of course, I might think differently if I myself liked to see the Internet through a feed viewer.

Anyway, that’s how things are, if only for now. Meanwhile, if you want that your feed viewer knows of this site, then here’s the RSS Feed XML.