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Re: [TV] basic qusetion - ireland, listings, howto?
Paul's given a good summary of all this. As he says, there are two
things: an XMLTV format (which, personally I'm not a fan of - I think
it's over-engineered and certainly not conducive to the rapid display of
a listings-magazine style web site - hence not using it for the back
end); and a project called "XMLTV" which defined the format and also
provides a set of "grabbers" to obtain files in xmltv format from
scraping remote sites.
Overengineered. By this do you mean: "overengineered", or "doesn't work
for my needs"?
I have no issue with the latter, but it's not really the same as
XMLTV usually provides a whole ton of info that I don't think is
available from Bleb (stuff like actor info?) I personally use all this
extra info in my web tv guide and hence prefer the radio times website
grabber. The xmltv format tries to accomodate a wide variety of
formats, and not just stuff for UK channels, so I guess it's more flexible.
But at the end of the day, it's XML based, and so it should in general
be easy-ish to to translate one format to another if the info is
Also, I fail to see why the exact format makes a difference to you
generating your main pages? Since it's basically static, surely you
just generate them once and store them?
Thanks for bleb. Keep up the good work!