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bloglines-style client for reading LJ [Apr. 25th, 2006|10:22 am]
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I want to be able to read locked posts in bloglines, and I want bloglines to support cut tags. Neither of these things are ever going to happen, so I'm thinking what I really need is a client for reading LJ that formats my friends list like bloglines does.

I don't believe such a thing exists. In fact, I don't see any clients for reading LJ, only for posting -- am I wrong?

I'm considering writing a Firefox plugin. You'd choose "open friends list" from a menu item, and it would open a new tab/window and display your friends list formatted in frames like bloglines does. Items would be able to be "kept new" (which I believe means I wouldn't be able to use greasemonkey, because I'd have to go make requests directly to LJ, not just reformat the existing presentation of the friendlist).

Am I off track at all? Any suggestions?

Thanks all!

[User Picture]From: jwm
2006-04-25 04:24 pm (UTC)

You can do GM_xmlhttpRequest, a wrapper around the regular call, from inside greasemonkey, so you could build something that would talk to LJ via either the browser or client interfaces.

I have no idea whether the client protocol is particularly useful for building your own friends list variants, though.

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[User Picture]From: jphekman
2006-04-25 05:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the more I think about it, the more I think I don't want greasemonkey.

I am actually currently playing with Habari Xenu, a Firefox extension RSS reader. It does log in to LJ appropriately already, and I like most of how it displays posts. I'd need to add functionality to use the LJ API to read LJ accounts -- right now it uses RSS, and one of the things I want to work around is the way that many LJ RSS feeds currently just display title only, no content.
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