2018-07-19 Paginated Feeds

Recently, @jamey was talking about feed pagination (RFC 5005). I finally got around to adding the necessary code to Oddmuse and deploy it for all my sites. So if you check out Recent Changes and click on RSS with pages you should get a feed for all the pages changed in the last month (ignoring minor changes), and if your feed reader supported it, you could fetch previous pages of the same feed and thus scroll through the backlog until somewhere around 2003 those edits would dry up and there’d be nothing left but empty pages.

I’m currently not implementing the first page link so your feed reader wouldn’t realize that it should stop going back in time. It will follow links forever but eventually loops things will get strange. I just tried to see how far back in “negative time” we can go and if we try it with Recent Changes, you’ll get a page saying “Updates since 1900-01-00 00:00 UTC up to 1970-01-01 00:00 UTC”. I guess 1900 is the limit, then. 😂

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Sadly, the Journal RSS Extension – which I use a lot – doesn’t fit into the existing RC/RSS framework.

– Alex Schroeder 2018-07-19 12:03 UTC


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