:: Wednesday, October 06, 2004 ::
I thought it was strange that 'BBC NEWS | News Front Page' appeared in our 'Referring Web Pages' list* (see bottom of column to the right). The link led me to Whitelable.org. A BBC News Online proxy that makes a couple of cleaver little modifications.
This is what it does:
- retrieves a page from News Online, and regexes out "Capitalised Phrases" and acronyms. It then tests these against a database of wikipedia topic titles. If the phrase is a topic in wikipedia, then it's turned into a hyperlink
- uses the technorati API to add a sidebar of links to blogs referencing the story. Now you can see who's talking about the story from the story itself**
- as a bonus, my code breaks that bloody awful ticker. I'm not fixing it.
- because that's how links should be, my links are underlined.
- reduces page bloat by about 10% by stripping acres of whitespace
It's pretty neat. Check it out.
* Actually, I'm thinking of removing this, it seems to arbitrarily decide that it needs to be wider every now and again and messes up the page layout.
** That's were our link comes in.
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