Hm. It looks like Simon wants to integrate his mail, news, and rss/weblog reading into a single application. In his case, that application is gnus the killer Mail/News reader for Emacs. What he's saying really hits home for me. I recently wrote about my frustrations with RSS aggregators too.
I have to agree with Simon. Having an rss back-end for gnus would be excellent. However, I'd like to go a step further and propose something for those GUI inclined folks (not necessarily me, since I use mutt to read mail): Mozilla needs RSS aggregation capabilities.
Think about it. All the pieces are there. Mozilla is infinitely scriptable. It certainly knows how to fetch content via HTTP. It knows how to parse XML. Building a UI with Mozilla isn't terribly difficult.
Is anyone working on this. If not, why? This seems like a killer app. Put Mail, News, and Weblogs on equal footing in the only Open Source cross-platform platform (that's not a typo) we have.
I ran a quick google search to see who's working with RSS and Mozilla. I found a few interesting items:
- using protozilla - here's a weblog entry about it
- a weblog entry proposing something similar
- Mark suggests an RSS sidebar for Mozilla (read down a few paragraphs on that page) and even points to the sidebar programming docs
And there's some RDF info on mozilla.org too.
But as far as I can tell, nobody has done this. Hmm. Someone really should.
Posted by jzawodn at September 14, 2002 08:23 PM