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LazyWeb: Library Book RSS Feed?

O, LazyWeb, I invoke thee. Following on from Jon Udell’s insanely great Amazon/library bookmarklet (43F post): how hard would it be to generate an Atom/RSS feed of books I have out, books that are overdue, and books that are still on request?

Any takers? The respect and admiration of lazy, penurious nerds everywhere shall be your laurel.

Waldo Jaquith's picture

The trick with RSS feeds...

The trick with RSS feeds for private information is authentication. I've never seen an RSS reader that supports any sort of authentication beyond .htaccess-based (and its non-Apache equivalents).

What I'd like to see is the implementation of a "hey this website wants a login and password" HTTP header, which could act as a conduit for that authentication information and function within the standard .htaccess-based authentication process. This would permit things like RSS readers to access confidential data without requiring that sites route authentication through Apache.




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