Friday, May 12, 2006

Here's a fun little hack. For a while now, Google has offered people a way to customize their homepage (to do this, you need a Google account). This allows you to add things like RSS feeds by URL, or certain other bits (like weather, quote of the day, or Gmail) that Google has pre-defined.

They recently released an API that enables you to customize the content even further by creating (in Google parlance) a "gadget": for example, you can parse an RSS feed and format it yourself in HTML. This is especially useful for Daily Verse feeds: i don't generally want to see a reference to a verse, i want the verse content itself.

So i've put together a Google gadget that parses the ESV's Daily Verse RSS feed and displays the verse content, along with the reference (hyperlinked to the ESV site). To get it (assuming you have a Google homepage),

  1. Click on the "Add Content" link on the upper left
  2. On the next page, click on the "Add by URL" link (to the right of the "Search Homepage Content" button)
  3. Paste into the box and click Add


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