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Re: [Phpgroupware-users] news_admin and rss feeds...

From: Dave Hall
Subject: Re: [Phpgroupware-users] news_admin and rss feeds...
Date: Sat, 04 Mar 2006 10:49:36 +1100

On Thu, 2006-03-02 at 18:15 +0100, Marco Gaiarin wrote:
> I've passed all the afternoon digging and hacking around news_admins
> rss export feature.
> Now i log some bug to savanah, but waiting from savannah list to be
> unlocked i post also here.
> Some sparse consideration.
> + in news creation, what are the teaser? Some sort of summary?

Yep.  It is used in the RSS export.  So you can have something like:

This is a great story
You won't believe how great this story is. It is truly amazing

> + all the news_admin stuff seems in more or less abandoned state, 

It head I have done some work, and plan to come back and do some more.  

> and
>  it is not clear how they work. AFAI've understood the news_admin
> module of phpgw it is used to input news, and there's some sort of
> ``minisite'' ala sitemanager that display it, out of phpgw.
> But this news_admin/website/index.php does not work anymore...

This functionality was dropped after sitemgr was introduced.  The code
was mainly used on

> + Again AFAI've understood the link you can use to setup rss feeds in
>  news_admin are broken, because are relative to
> news_admin/website/index.php and this is broken.

This is likely to change in HEAD.  I plan to move the RSS export
functionality into sitemgr.  probably using

> + news_admin/website/export.php does not work, to make work it it is
> needed to patch, after some fiddling i've tried with:

Please post this on savannah.  Code posted to the lists bloats messages
and easily gets lost.  

<snip />

> for me it is not clear how work the phpgw class instatiation, so i
> think i've done some big mistake. ;)

When its on savannah I will see :)

> + in this way, only news title and link (broken) are exported; i've
> fiddle a little about and find that if i do:
> (clearly the same for all the other templates) i got the content. I'm
> not clear if teaser are summary, so it is better to export as
> descriptions the teaser and not the content.

I don't currently use the RSS export so I haven't seen what it outputs.
IMHO the feed shouldn't include the full text of the article, the teaser

> Generally i think that all these stuff have to be revamped a bit, i
> propose that all this stuff got integrated in sitemanager, where you
> can do:
>  - a simple page that do rss export

See my comments above on this

>  - a news module that can handle also single news, so we can pass
>    a &newsid=23 and got a single page news.

This is already supported in sitemgr's news module.  I have also done
some work with mod_rewrite in head, and now you can have or :)

It doesn't currently generate links in that format, if I get time I can
look at adding that too.


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