I have only one firm policy: when you appear in a screenshot, blog it.
Brent’s new Combined View for NetNewsWire is a sweet-looking two-pane view from a three-pane aggregator: rather like AmphetaOutlines or someone’s skin for Aggie that I can’t find right now, but with typical three-pane control: arrow keys or space to move between items, and a slew of shortcuts to expand and collapse. I can imagine having read items right there, but collapsed, being very handy while reading people who still write as though you are reading their web page, talking about “as I said below, and showed in the second image two posts ago…”.
Brent says the point of the Combined View is to keep you from having to keep looking up for the title, then down to the description, then back up to the title, then back down, which reminds me of a problem I’ve been noticing in SharpReader lately: so many people I read have taken to writing entire essays that I’m quite often having to scroll the description pane, which is a double-pain: I have to move the focus down there to scroll, which requires moving more than just my thumb on the spacebar, and then once I’m scrolling, I have to scroll back up to remind myself who it is and what they titled it. It’d be much nicer to have the section at the top of the description that lists the feed and title have
position:fixed so it wouldn’t scroll out of view… oh, yeah, embedding Internet Explorer, not Gecko. Grrr.
Would also be nice, if probably not possible: while I was poking at Thunderbird (mostly muttering in a whiney tone “but I don’t like it like that”) I tried out the newsreader by installing nntp//rss (amazingly easy, for what it does), and (re)discovered how running through a bunch of RSS items with the spacebar should work: space – next item – space – next item – space – long item that needs to scroll – space – scrolls down – space – scrolls to end – space – next item. I assume it would take a fair bit of script to pass the keystrokes and window size and scroll position back and forth, but really, Luke, it’s not in my interest to have you spend time with your family, is it?