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2006-10-31, 02:22 PM
I've set up an RSS feed (well, ATOM, technically) to hold you over until the official one is online, since the other ones I found didn't seem to be working:


This is usually updated once or twice a day, but no promises. It's essentially a reformatted http://www.giantitp.com/Comics.html. The <updated> field isn't right, but it seems to work with my reader.

What is RSS? Feeds are just a list of new items published on a site, formatted in a standard way. You can use aggregator software to automatically check your feeds and show you the new items - the software keeps track of what you've already read and just shows you the new stuff. Now you don't need to keep reloading Comics.html, you can wait and you'll be notified automatically. Check out http://reader.google.com, which aggregates all your feeds onto one website, or http://rsspopper.blogspot.com/2004/10/home.html, which will email you when there is a new item.

Of course I'll take this down if the appropriate people ask, but I'm assuming it's ok because I do not include the comic in the feed, only a link to it, so this is sort of the moral equivalent of setting up a mailing list to let folks know when there is a new comic, or writing and distributing software that checks Comics.html. Surely those wouldn't be objectionable.


2006-11-01, 04:30 PM
I've got it in my Netvibes page now, works great. Thanks for doing that!

2006-12-03, 05:01 PM
Thank you thank you THANK YOU
comicalert.com has been broken ever since the site changed.

/me does the happy dance.

2006-12-04, 02:36 AM
You're welcome!

I've fixed it since the pages were moved around, and since the listing is in the same format it was easy to add one for Erfworld also:

http://www-cs-students.stanford.edu/~haugen/erf.atom (http://www-cs-students.stanford.edu/%7Ehaugen/erf.atom)

Can't wait for that to start.

As with oots, this one just links to the page with the strip; it doesn't bypass the site or anything sneaky.


2006-12-13, 02:19 AM
just letting you know, the comics are out of order.

but thanks for it. I know I'm gonna use it.

2006-12-29, 04:35 PM
just letting you know, the comics are out of order.
Yes, they're deliberately in reverse order.

2006-12-29, 04:46 PM
Thanks for this, my Firefox now has a little scrolling bar telling me when their's a new comic.

2007-01-25, 04:25 PM
Now there's official feeds:

(there's also the oots-only and erf-only ones)

so I've disabled mine; I am not going to be scraping the site anymore.

thanks for the rss feeds, Giant!