Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Tuesday, August 26th, 2003 @ 11:12 pm | Internet

Garrett Rooney:

the really weird part is that of all the feeds i subscribe to (about 60 at last count), the one that seems to edit their entries after posting them the most is the feed from the new york times, kindly provided via userland software.

There’s a lot of nice stuff in NetNewsWire 1.0.4 and the show differences feature is one of those. However, it is somewhat disturbing exactly how much the New York Times feed changes…

Here’s one of the more interesting blurbs from today’s RSS feed:

New York Times RSS Feed with Changes

2 Responses to “Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes”

  1. Michael Tsai Says:

    How does NNW access the older versions of the pages, in order to compute the differences?

  2. Eric Blair Says:

    I think it just compares the most recently downloaded version to the previously downloaded version. The Pro version lets you read already-downloaded feeds offline, so it has a local copy of the text.

    The difference display doesn’t appear to be permanent — entries that were highlighted as changed yesterday are no longer highlighted today. For instance, I tried to re-shoot the NY Times story I posted in this entry and discovered the text was no longer highlighted.