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[Dec. 11th, 2003|08:48 am]
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[gilgamesh_a]
I don't know if this has already been suggested or implemented, but a client with a feature allowing the user to import entries from CSV or XML would be enormously useful, especially for users who would like to migrate from one journal to another. Is this feasible?
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From: perplexes
2003-12-11 09:20 am (UTC)
Feasible, yes. I am hoping to implement something like this in a separate tool, like 'LJImport' or similar. I just need to figure out the XML libraries available to Java. ;)
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[User Picture]From: gilgamesh_a
2003-12-11 09:32 am (UTC)
sweet. i wish you good luck.
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[User Picture]From: benzado
2003-12-11 10:22 am (UTC)
Is there a specific format of the CSV or XML files that you are thinking of?
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From: evan
2003-12-11 12:19 pm (UTC)
i just hacked up a dtd the other day for the logjam xml export format.
if anyone is interested in using a common format i can upload it somewhere.
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[User Picture]From: benzado
2003-12-11 03:21 pm (UTC)
I have been wanting to add an XML file format to LJKit. It would be nice not to have to invent something. Let's make it a standard!
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From: evan
2003-12-12 05:30 pm (UTC)
i'm not fancy with dtds, but i'll drop you an email with it once i get all this schoolwork sorted out.
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[User Picture]From: markpasc
2003-12-11 01:21 pm (UTC)
I figured he meant the export formats.
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[User Picture]From: benzado
2003-12-11 03:20 pm (UTC)
Oh... I was thinking he meant migrating from one journal system to another, like from Blogger or Movable Type to LJ.
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[User Picture]From: markpasc
2003-12-11 04:37 pm (UTC)
He may have. Most of them use plain text (like MT's) or XML formats, so his mention of CSV made me think of LJ export first. :)
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[User Picture]From: gilgamesh_a
2003-12-11 07:49 pm (UTC)
I was primarily thinking of LJ exports; with this whole free account thing coming up, I would like to be able to move to a new username and delete my old account rather than maintaining multiple separate journals and wasting space. I must confess that I lack any serious developing skills, so if someone could come up with a binary over the next few months, it would be awesome. A tool that supported other blog formats would benefit many people and enhance the LJ community though, so I'm all for that. If there's anything I can do to help (though I don't know what that might be) I'll be happy to do so.
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From: evan
2003-12-12 05:30 pm (UTC)
well, that's what rename tokens are for. :)
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[User Picture]From: gilgamesh_a
2003-12-12 09:34 pm (UTC)
indeed, but i am poor. and i was unaware of that feature...
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[User Picture]From: lordindra
2003-12-13 09:21 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Perl has some good XML parsers available, I could probably throw support for such a feature in mine once I get the core functionality working well.
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