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Further Developments of "Aggie" the RSS Aggregator

From: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 19:52:55 +1030
Message-ID: <438D6F6F.8080703@kbc.net.au>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Hi All

After a long break, I've managed half a day working on my (web-based)
accessible RSS aggregator project.

Whilst still incomplete, things have moved on.  New features are:

* Discovery of RSS resources when pointed at a web page with the
appropriate rel="alternate" links.  (This works on the W3C and CNN sites
and my web log, but may still have issues.)

* The ability to perform bulk operations - select items for trash or
archive using checkboxes, then selecting the action.  (This is
considerably quicker than using the individual trash/archive links.)

I think that the controls are probably still too "busy" and maybe
annoying for screenreader users.  (Comments?)

Now that I have reached this stage, my next move is to implement extra
features for accessing the linked content, such as the option to open in
a new window for those that like this, along with a "stop" page to
provide more detail before following a link.  (Thanks to David Poehlman
for that concept.)

>From there, I see the next step being per-user customisation based on
specific adaptability requirements.

The aggregator, which is written in Perl, can be tested at
<http://www.websticky.net/aggiegpl/aggie.pl> - downloads for personal
experimentation/modification/general abuse are available.  To run it
yourself, you will need Perl, MySQL and a web server.  I have only
tested on a Linux server running Apache 2.  This version of the
aggregator is - and always will be - free.

Feedback always welcome, especially regarding adaptation for specific
user needs.  (I'll be trying to factor in the new dc:adaptability
metadata as soon as I am able.)

Cheers

M

-- 
Matthew Smith
South Australia
http://www.kbc.net.au
Received on Wednesday, 30 November 2005 09:20:40 GMT

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