OPML Stands the Test of Time

Claud Mccoid

As a element of our do the job with the Open Authorized Blog Archive Task, we’re on the lookout at State Bar Affiliation Weblogs. Much more specifically, a feed of the aggregated posts from state bar association blogs.

We wanted to see what the value of an aggregated feed of all the posts could be. Is there an option to agggregate and syndicate the feeds in the type of an on-line syndication journal ala Illinois Attorney Now.

The moment we produced the listing of the state bar RSS feeds in Feedly, the listing could be imported into an OPML file to be forwarded to other parties – me, provided. We could get multiple eyes on the lookout at the value of the aggregated feed.

I opened the OPML file in Feedly, which straight away produced a folder for state bar association blogs and their posts in my Feedly. Offered an quick browse of the titles and excerpts in an aggregated structure.

I could quickly see what an aggregated feed could appear like in a syndication journal. Is the material superior for mass usage? Is the material much too parochial for nationwide studying?

It was also cool that the very same OPML file could be opened in a intellect map software, in which the state bar association blogs and posts (the feed) could be shown in a unique structure.

Why does this matter?

It is evidence of how basic and open technologies can stand the exam of time in an extensible fashion. Extensible that means, for me, the potential for a answer to be adaptable, adaptable to unique purposes and be expanded in its use overtime.

In the circumstance of lawful blogs and the aggregation and syndication of weblog posts, OPML could also perform a part. It is RSS that LexBlog employs in the aggregation and syndication of blogs and weblog posts.

OPML has roots in blogs and RSS. OMPL (Define Processor Markup Language) was at first made by Userland which made Radio UserLand, a computer software package produced in 2000 which provided not only a blogging device but also an RSS aggregator, a important to profitable blogging.

Though OPML has been adopted for other employs, its most most prevalent adoption has been to exchange lists of RSS feeds between RSS feed aggregators. This is what we did with the state bar association feeds.

I feel it was 2005 when I observed Dave Winer, the founder of Userland, and the inventor of blogs and RSS, show OPML at a Gnomedex meeting in Seattle.

Microsoft was providing away jackets at Gnomedex that said “Longhorn Loves RSS.” Longhorn was to be a new functioning system and the endorsement of RSS, important to blogging, was a huge deal – at least to this kid, who experienced just started a blogging corporation.

Reliable methods in RSS and OPML – many thanks Dave Winer – which have stood the exam of time and are actively playing a important part in the archival and syndication of secondary legislation (lawful blogs).

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