More Blog Housekeeping

Volume 7, Issue 36; 09 Mar 2004; last modified 08 Oct 2010

A little more cleanup around here.

I finally made a couple of changes that I’ve been wanting to do for a while:

  1. I switched from using the RSS feed to using the Atom feed as the source for the “recent essays” list on the home page and

  2. I began sorting the recent essays list by last-modified date instead of issued date.

This had two consequences: one fortunate and one not so fortunate. First, changing the stylesheet that formats HTML caused my build system to reformat all the HTML pages. That caught a markup error that somehow slipped through the cracks which is a good thing. Fixing the markup error moved the changed essay to the top of the list which is not so good. If that kind of thing happens too often, I’ll have to add another knob.

I wonder how long it will make sense to keep generating both kinds of feeds?