How RSS works in Fargo

The Fargo outliner now has a way to publish, both as a website, and as a feed.

How to edit a feed in Fargo

1. Each outline has its own feed.

2. Only named outlines have public feeds.

3. My feed is at Yours is in the equivalent place.

4. To add an item to the feed, click the big + icon. Start typing. Video.

5. That's it. There's no Publish button.

The RSS is built automatically as the outline is saved. Look in the Fargo folder in Dropbox. You'll see an rss sub-folder. That's where the feeds live. Fargo simply tells Trex (and any other CMS) where your feed is, and it takes care of hooking it up to the website.

6. You can give the URL of the feed to anyone.

They can add it to their feed reader. It's 100 percent compatible RSS. I should know, I wrote the spec that everyone's using. ;-)

That's all there is to it.


This video demos the steps outlined above.

How we got here

The last few days have been a whirlwind in FargoLand. There won't be another week like this one, probably ever in the history of Small Picture Inc. What we did, from a user's point of view, is jack up our desktop outliner-in-the-browser-in-Dropbox, which is spacey enough as it is, and graft onto it a very powerful, unique content management system, Trex.

If you came from the UserLand Frontier world, Trex wouldn't seem strange to you at all. It's an adaptation of the website framework that was part of Frontier starting in 1996. Only now it runs on Linux, is written in JavaScript and communicates with Fargo over HTTP. Trex has no idea that your outlines live in Dropbox. But because of the wonderful standards of the web, it all "just works."

That's great, if you like plumbing, as I do.

But -- if you're a writer put all that aside. You don't have to understand the inner-workings of WordPress or Tumblr to make them work. Same thing here.

Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:44 AM by admin.