Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Late Night Transclusion

Thoughts on blogging:

Blogs fill different needs for writer and readers, different kinds of readers. Some people would like some kinds of content, some others, and not everyone really should have access to everything. Doing this on per-post level sucks - it makes more sense to have things just show up on per-section level. One solution: tag every paragraph by topic/permissions. During initial parse, keep track of how these are laid out, and during parse for display to an individual user, assemble bits that are both requested and permitted. Damage: Loss in narrative flow. Judgement: Acceptable. See also: Relationship between Wiki-style transclusion and Atom/RSS feeds. Transclusion for named elements that are fully specified - as Atom/RSS more of feed, for use in posts like this it would take query to further specify appropriate bits, or some kind of simple state management (maybe as simple as bookmark) to pull all things since last "compiled post" into an actual one. Still, interesting to think about blog posts as internal feed views and otherwise as less than single article. Note: Livejournal's lj-cut tag kind of hints at this idea, as does my blog software's PRIVATE tag. I have some unused hooks in my parsing code for things vaguely along these lines - wasn't initially sure how to implement idea in way that made sense. Coming closer to that now. Finding abstractions possibly worth implementing.

Misc:"Today": really lousy day, on many levels and in many ways. Brain: hopefully sated by sleepy trip to laptop. Back to sleep..


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