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From Paul Querna <>
Subject Re: atom feeds for projects
Date Mon, 03 Jul 2006 15:18:54 GMT
robert burrell donkin wrote:
> On 7/2/06, Sam Ruby <> wrote:
>> robert burrell donkin wrote:
>> > the mailing list archives at apache run on mod_mbox which also supplies
>> > atom
>> > feeds for these lists. i've added the feed from general to the front
>> page
>> > and think it'd be cool to add feeds to the pages in projects as well.
>> since
>> > the focus of  podlings should be recruiting developers (not users) i'm
>> > thinking of adding feeds to the dev lists.
>> >
>> > opinions?
>> >
>> > volunteers?
>> Just be aware that the feeds produced are rarely well formed XML, mostly
>> due to encoding issues.  For example:
>> I tried to submit a patch based on my limited understanding of the code,
>> and was told that my patch wasn't acceptable

To be clear, AFAIK, there was never a patch for mod_mbox -- it was a
Ruby file that only solved part of the problem. Again, AFAIK, no one
ever wrote a patch in C for mod_mbox to attempt to resolve this issue.

>> and that XML parsers that
>> require well-formedness were broken anyway -- despite that being
>> explicitly what the spec requires.

Its unfortunate that the discussion degraded into that.

>> I'd be willing to try again, but only if there was active interest in
>> actually fixing the problem.

Yes, there is active interest in making mod_box better.

> IMO we should fix the feed but i'm not involved with mod_mbox (or httpd).
> anyone who is want to jump in here?

The primary bug is lack of encoding support.  mod-mbox just doesn't even
try to do it.

Someone needs to write something that touches many parts of the code,
using the apr_xlate API to convert the content to utf-8.  (This would
also help it validate as HTML).  Once that is done, we do need to worry
about out of range characters, some of which would be removed, others
possibly HTML encoded.

For future discussion of this please use dev@httpd.



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