inessential by Brent Simmons

NetNewsWire 2.0b10 and Atom

The Atom parser in NetNewsWire 2.0b10 is a complete re-write. It’s much improved. (The change notes page goes into detail, listing tests it passes and so on.)

Aside from doing the things it’s supposed to do—decoding base64, handling namespaces, etc.—it adds a feature that I really like: it presents alternate, via, and related links.

In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll explain...

An Atom item may contain multiple links. In the past, NetNewsWire just ignored the extra links. Now it parses them and presents them below the description.

For instance, Anne van Kesteren’s feed often includes related links and sometimes includes via links. Those links are displayed immediately below the description, as in the below screen shot:

Screen shot showing related and via links

This is a pretty cool feature of Atom, that you have a specified way of adding these links.

If you’re interested in more about this, check out Mark Pilgrim’s How to make a linkblog in Atom.