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Some new plugins, XFN, Technorati and //at 02:09 //by abe

from the web-2.0 dept.

After blathijs and I today talked a little bit about blosxom plugins on the #blosxom IRC channel, I installed the listplugins plugin. Since I’m a perfectionist in some things, I had to configure it to link every plugin I use to it’s web page or source.

While going through my plugin list, I noticed that there were three additional plugins I wrote myself and of which I thought I should share:

  • acronyms works similar to and is losely based on Fletcher Penney’s autolinks but instead of setting links it marks configurable keywords as abbreviation or acronym and show their expansion when hovering over the keyword (all using standard XHTML).
  • xml_ping_generic is based on xml_ping_weblogs and can ping an arbitrary number of URLs to be pinged with the’s XML RPC ping API. By default it pings and
  • date_rfc822 is nothing else than the 822-date command (which returns a date in RFC 822 conform format and is written in Perl, too) wrapped into a blosxom plugin. Work similar to date_fullname. I use it for including <pubDate> tags in the RDF.

All plugins are published under the same open source license, they initially came with.

In other news…
I started using XFN, the XHTML Friends Network, at least the blogroll, and created accounts at Technorati and at, a German clone formerly respective yet still known as

Now playing: Battle Without Honor or Humanity — Hotei Tomayasu (from the Kill Bill Soundtrack)


Re: Some new plugins, XFN, Technorati and

Posted by: Matthijs Kooijman
Time: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 23:38

I think plugins should supply that information themselves. That is, we should define a general interface through which plugins supply their version, homepage, author and perhaps even changelogs dynamically. That would rock :-)


Re: Some new plugins, XFN, Technorati and

Posted by: Axel
Time: Sat, 25 Feb 2006 02:11

You're right. I just wonder if a sub based API or a variables based API would make more sense, e.g. to use 'sub version { "3.1415926535" }' or '$version = "3.1415926535";'?


about technorati ping

Posted by: jz
Time: Mon, 11 Sep 2006 19:56

hi there,you really did great on this site,i really enjoy to see how far you can push blosxom to go.I'm still in the early stage to use blosxom and had problem with technorati ping. after I pinged,I got "You just sent a ping, please only ping when you update" in .ping.output file.And I know it had little to do with your plugin since it does ping out.what do you think technorati's behavior?


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