Jul 23, 2008

Too poor, sick for pilgrimage? Email a prayer ...

Now you can pray via email...Greece's holiest pilgrimage site on the Aegean island of Tinos has launched an email service allowing those too poor or sick to visit in person to have their prayers read to its icon of the Virgin Mary."Those of you who are not in a position to visit the holy island of Tinos and pray to the icon, can write to us via email and we are happy to send you (free of charge) a blessing (an icon of the Virgin Mary, holy water etc)," the church said on its Web site www.im-syrou.gr.

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Jul 17, 2008

Display RSS with CSS styling and XSL transformation

Modern browsers display RSS feed with their own styling and so far it is not possible to override the display format they use , but yet some browsers like internet explorer 6, does not use any custom style for displaying RSS feed, rather you will see the bunch of raw xml data on your page which is not at the least reader friendly.

So , to show feeds from our websites in a nice way with a better look and feel and surely with some branding ( like a logo with the feed list ), what we can do is to add CSS over it. But the problem is , if only CSS is used , the links are then not clickable, so you cannot go to the original news or article by clicking its title. Here comes the need for using XSL transformation. By using xslt, you can convert the raw xml file with feedlist to a nice looking page with custom design - this is how actually the browsers like firefox and IE7 do it.

http://xefteri.com/articles/show.cfm?id=24

http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2005/07/01/rss.html

Foe beginners , to learn about xslt: http://www.w3schools.com/xsl/

Jul 11, 2008

Never give all the heart, for love will hardly seem worth thinking of...

For everything that's lovely is
But a brief, dreamy, kind of delight.
O never give the heart outright,
For they, for all the smooth lips can say,
Have given their hearts up to the play.
And who could play it well enough
If deaf and dumb and blind with love?
He that made this knows all the cost
For he gave all his heart and lost.

-- W. B. Yeats

Jul 8, 2008

Firefox 3 about:robots

Downloaded the new Firefox 3, type "about:robots" into the address bar and press Enter.
SURPRISE !!!!!!! :)