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July 8, 2006
(This post is from my old, old, super old site. My views have changed over the years, hopefully my writing has improved, and there is now more than a handful of folks reading my site. Enjoy.)

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

I've had a number of requests for people wanting to export a VoodooPad document as OPML. And this evening after seeing OPML mentioned a couple of times on the web and remembering that I told someone it could be done via a Lua script plugin, I decided to give it a quick shot.

And after browsing the spec... wow, there's not much to OPML, is there? (Here's the Wikipedia link too). Looks like it's great for short entries used in an outliner, which is no surprise since that is what it was designed for... So I'm left wondering what the benefit of exporting a VoodooPad document in this format is? Can anyone enlighten me on this? Is this just another export format to check off on.. but without much use to folks?

I'm wondering if maybe the people who have asked for this think of VP as a hierarchy of links?. Maybe they wanted the document to be exported in a hierarchy? But VoodooPad is a web, and maybe that's why I'm so confused.

I put the script up on the wiki if anyone wants to see it. Like I said, I gave it a "quick shot" and only spent 7 minutes on it tops, so the script is not exactly pretty. But it does show how to open up a save panel from Lua (and how to write out files).

-- posted 2:27 am