Microsummaries are regularly-updated short summaries of web pages. They are compact enough to fit in the space available to a bookmark label, they provide more useful information about pages than static page titles, and they get regularly updated as new information becomes available. (quote from the MozillaWiki)

Firefox 2.0, beeing released at the end of october, will support them, RC2 of it already does. Examples show that people use it mostly for displayin the last article/ blogpost/comment on a homepage or the number of comments on a story.

How does it work?

Firefox detects Microsummaries with the following link beeing inserted into the header of a page:

<link rel="microsummary" href="index.php?view=microsummary">

The url is an example, of course. More then one Microsummary is possible. If a user bookmarks such a page, he has the option to have the/one Microsummary shown instead of the normal page title (selecting it in a dropdown-list while bookmarking the page).

Unfortunately, there is no indication what type of file Firefox seems to expect at the link. If it is a Microsummary generator using another site it has to be XML. But plain text seems to be the better option for Wikka.

What can we do with it?

My thoughts:

everything would be handled through handlers/page/microsummaries.php

for every page:
* date of last change + author
* number of comments (if comments are allowed)

for RecentChanges
* Page and Autor and date of last change (note: We do not know how many chars are allowed in a Microsummary)

for RecentComments / RecentlyCommented:
* Page and Autor and date of the last comment.

Your ideas?

News items

Microsummaries might be used for news items. E.g. assume there'd be an action {{newsitem}} which would output a header linking to the news item, followed by a short summary and the obligate "(read more)" linking to the news item, too. In Wiki syntax, the output of
{{newsitem news="NewsItemActionInfo"}}

might look like this:
====[[NewsItemActionInfo | News Action Info]]====
The Wikka development team describes the basic functionality of the {{newsitem}} action,
allowing Wiki authors to include their page to some kind of news portal site inside of
their Wikka. [[NewsItemActionInfo | (

--MasinAlDujaili, 2006-10-09, 13:36 CEST (only news item stuff)

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