- I run a site (http://www.universalis.com) whose content depends on
the date. In other words, you see Thursday's content on Thursday, and
Friday's content on Friday.
It would be nice to be able to have a newsfeed that behaves in the
same way, but I can't see how to do it. The basic problem is that a
website can't tell what date it is when you request a page, only the
date when it receives your request, which may not be the same. To put
it another way: I'm writing this email on a Tuesday but it's already
Wednesday in Singapore...
Obviously I could set up 27 RSS files, one for each possible time
zone, and have them update themselves at various times in the course
of 24 hours (actually they'd be dynamically generated like the rest
of the site), but this seems to put rather a burden on the user to
remember what time zone he's in when subscribing!
It strikes me that some aggregators will already have come across
this problem, and some of them may already be solving it for other
reasons. If an aggregator is already aware of the user's true date,
perhaps there could be some way to leverage this knowledge to present
the user with a genuine "today" channel?