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How to display Gmane postings of any newsgroup in any web page

Luistxo Fernandez 2004/09/24 13:32

Gmane , terrific service, linking mailing-lists, Usenet groups, web archives and RSS feeds... Thanks to this last feature added, there's now a way to display Gmane postings of any newsgroup in any web page

  1. Given the Gmane name of any newsgroup, get the RSS address of it. For instance, for the main Gmane.discuss group it is
  2. Now visit . Enter your RSS address into the text field and select your preferred options (only titles, titles + description, number of items to show...)
  3. Click on PREVIEW THE FEED until you get satisfied with the options, and then click on GENERATE JAVASCRIPT
  4. On the next page, you'll find the Javascript you'll need to include the links on your site. Copy that code.
  5. Paste that line of Javascript into the source of your Web page. Save. Load in a browser. There it is.
  6. You can apply styles to re-design the appearence of the links displayed following information at this page

A Basque working example, with it's own explanation, at this page related to newsgroup gmane.culture.language.basque.dantzan

Using collaboratively in a Basque collective weblog

Luistxo Fernandez 2004/09/09 15:22

This is about a section we've named Jamaika at, a Basque collective weblog. Sustatu is a sort-of-Kuro5hin, culture, tech and general interest issues posted and commented by visitors, but in a quite different scale: only 0.6 million people speak Basque.

There it is:

PURPOSE: Posts in Sustatu are like in other collective weblogs as Kuro5hin or Slashdot: they're edited and moderated, and mostly are somehow ellaborate (a summary and then some more or less lengthy paragraphs). We just wanted to add another option (easier, more straightforward) to readers and editors: a link and a comment, just a few words. Another channel for more telegraphic news items from the net: a curiosity, breaking news, an invitiation to visit a given site...

SOLUTION: We solved the issue with It's simple: we invit users to add what they like to with a specific tag: sustaturako (for Sustatu, in Basque, a particular term that probably will not be used by anyone else, if not to let their reference be listed at Sustatu). Then we parse the RSS file of that tag's page at and there it is.

SOFTWARE: is a Zope website and for this thing we added an app based in Mark Pilgrim's Feed Parser written in Python. It's cached and fed every 30 minutes, so the latest additions at appear shortly afterwards at

We announced this feature last week, and added a page with explanations. Few Basques use, as far as we know. So, the how-to page includes quite detailed instructions. We also encourage users to make full use of for their bookmarking and reference work, not just as a way to feed Sustatu.

The name for the feature is Jamaika ikusteko jaio gara, a false quotation by Bob Marley. In English it means, we have been born to see Jamaica which is just nonsense, but in Basque it has 2nd and 3rd meanings, both very funny and fitting to this feature.


Luistxo works in CodeSyntax, tweets as @Luistxo and tries to manage the automated newssite Niagarank. This Cemetery is part of a distributed multilingual blog (?!). These are the Basque and Spanish versions:

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