september, 6, 2002 archives

requisite titles are tyranny

phil was going to suggest i autogenerate titles. consuming tools that want titles should autogenerate them—having producing tools do so results in data loss unless you then add further metadata to say “this title isn't real, it was just something i made up to appease some people's notions of what a weblog entry should look like.”

bill suggested i make the trackback links visible on the front page, for those who don't have tools that sniff them out of the page. (i can relate.) i didn't like the idea of just adding a link that would then be useless to most people, so i made it so the standard comments link also serves as the trackback link. (it uses the presence of the url parameter to detect that it is a trackback ping, and then does the right thing.)

this isn't particularly intuitive, but i think the audience of non-rdf-sniffing trackback users is likely to remain fairly small.

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