Tracking back 10 Jan, 2003
I've given some thought to Mike's blog entry about comments & blogging, how best to enlarge / continue a debate via the blog medium. Mike seems quite keen on something similar to the Trackback mechanism developed by Movable Type, which is a pretty sound approach IMHO.
I had a brief scoot around the web reading up on the ins and outs of trackback. I found this link at hit-or-miss pretty informative. Thinking some more about it though, I think I quite like the simple, yet effective, approach espoused by Russell in his blog entry entitled Moof Love. See what you think. RSS feeds are pretty straightforward after all.
Site update: I've been doing some work on the site's back-end. I guess the only real impact for you is that you can now type certain things in the comments form, and they'll either turn into
<abbr> links automagically, or for certain combinations of punctuation marks, you'll get smileys in much the same way as in many IM applications. The terms that will "tag up" are:
JSP, XML, HTML, YMMV, IMHO, BTW, IDE, RSS and RAD.
This list will probably expand as time goes on. As for smileys… there are four to choose from. I'll leave it to you to figure out which ones work. As with the abbreviations, you need to prefix and suffix each bit of smiley text with a space. Otherwise all hell is sure to break loose.
Needless to say, these changes have been subjected to my usual rigorous testing, so I make no promises as to the stuff working properly… however, I will "fix" any stuff you submit that goes Pete-Tong, promise! Let's see how things go… ;-)