August 5, 2005

RSS and Atom feeds autodiscovery code

I’ve now got all the RSS feeds working for my site.

You can subscribe to any of the following RSS feeds for this site:

Just an interesting tip. In order for browsers and feed readers to detect that you have RSS feeds available for subscription, you need to add some auto-discovery code to the header section of your web page. Here’s an example of what I added to the header section for this site:

<link rel=“alternate” type=“application/rss+xml” title=“RSS 1.0” href=”” />
<link rel=“alternate” type=“application/rss+xml” title=“RSS 2.0” href=”” />
<link rel=“alternate” type=“application/atom+xml” title=“Atom” href=”” />
<link rel=“alternate” type=“application/atom+xml” title=“ for RichardByrom” href=”” />

A browser like Firefox will automatically discover your RSS feeds and display an orange icon on the bottom right of the screen to show you what feeds are available to subscribe to. If you read your feeds in bloglines (as I do), they have a useful extension for Firefox called Livelines which allows you to add a feed to bloglines using the Firefox RSS icon.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer does not auto-detect RSS feeds but I understand this will be coming in IE7 as outlined on the IEBlog. Feeddemon, from version 1.6 shows a large orange RSS icon at the bottom right of the screen for web sites that have RSS autodiscovery support.

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August 5, 2005

ExpressionEngine (EE) Keywords Plugin provides TAG support

I’ve just installed the EE Keywords Plugin which gives you the ability to TAG your posts – you’ll see that I’ve now added and technorati tags to my posts. I hope to, at a later stage, create a tag cloud.

According to the ExpressionEngine Keywords plugin page:

The EE Keywords Plugin provides a way to maintain a set of dynamic keywords for your ExpressionEngine entries. These keywords function much like categories: you can easily display other entries that share a keyword with the current entry, you can show all entries with a given keyword, and so forth. Unlike categories, though, you can create keywords on the fly as you create content.

Keywords are similar to the tags on,, and technorati. For more information on integrating your EE keywords into technorati, and for other usage tips, consult the EE Wiki page on the Keywords Plugin.

Some useful posts I came across on the implementation of Keywords:

Visit the pmachine plugins site to obtain a listing of other Plugins available for ExpressionEngine.

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August 4, 2005 gets a facelift

I’ve decided to turn into a dedicated blog.

There are a couple of reasons why I am doing this: 

  • I want to update the site more regularly and a blog is the ideal way for me to do this.
  • The existing site was my first effort at web design and although the front end looked quite good the back end maintenance was quite difficult. The site now uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and this makes it much easier to make across the board changes. In addition to this membership maintenance will be much easier through the blog so I’ll shortly be starting a new mailing list. I will also be using the forum to manage all file downloads and uploads to this site. 
  • I had started a blog called but haven’t been updating it. My intention with this site was to write about useful stuff I’ve learnt in designing and maintaining my own sites. I’m going to take this site down and maintain any useful information relating to Web Design on this site.
  • I’ve now got OracleAppsBlog working the way I want it to so I’m going to use this site as a model for

What services and software are used to run this site now?

What sort of content can you now expect to see on this site?

  • Thoughts and opinions related to Information Technology (especially IT news), Consulting, Speaking, Authoring and Writing.
  • My personal thoughts and views on topics of interest to me.
  • The odd post on events in Zimbabwe – being a former Zimbabwean I’m obviously interested in the direction the country is going (which seems to be rapidly down hill at the moment).
  • Posts on events in the UK and Europe – now that I live in the UK I’ll be posting on what’s going on in the UK, Europe and even our local community and my church.
  • Load’s of photos – I take a lot of pictures, so here’s my flickr stream which I will be integrating into the blog at some point.
  • Tips and Tricks on how to use the ExpressionEngine blogging software as well as general tutorials on blogging concepts and how to blog.
  • My personal contact details, links, blogroll, calendar, skype details and CV/Resume all of which I will be integrated into the site in the coming weeks.
  • Articles on Web Site Design

I hope you enjoy the new site. I haven’t planned the transition particularly well so please be patient with me whilst I bring new features online and make it look pretty again. Admittedly, it looks rather bare right now but I plan to focus on delivering fresh and interesting content so in a month or so it will probably look in much better shape. One of my first priorities will be to get all the RSS feeds working properly and also ensure that all the downloads are easily accessible via the forum.

As always I value your feedback so contact me if you have any suggestions, comments or problems.

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