The Sleipnir app icon partially overlaid by the RSS feed icon with a grid of news stories in the background.


你甚至可能没有听说过的斯雷普尼尔web browser before now. It’s built on the Blink engine by a Japanese company that seems to specialize in bold user interface experiments.

One of these experiments, Site Updates, peaked my curiosity. Site Updates replaces the top-sites or speed dial functionality found on the new tab page in other browsers with a personalized news feed from your most visited websites.

该浏览器的历史记录中包含的关于人的偏好和兴趣信息的广度。大多数浏览器使用的历史数据库,在地址栏排名的建议的信息,以及他们的新标签页上显示最高的网站列表,或简单地收集它for their own gains.

Whereas most browsers put the most visited addresses up on their new tab page as nothing more than static screenshots or icons; Sleipnir does something more innovative in this space and automatically combines news stories from your most visited sites into an always updated news stream.

The news feed is limited to displaying one story from each of your most visited sites. Websites and blogs that publish less frequently can still surface amid sites that publish several articles per hour. Sleipnir randomly picks one of the five most recent stories published from each site.

The news stories then appear in a random order every time the new tab page is loaded. Clicking on a news story will open it in that tab, and hide that story from reappearing on the new tab page later. However, Sleipnir isn’t smart enough to hide stories that appear in your browser history and that you’ve already read through other sources. This seems like something that could be easily fixed and would reinforce its role as a content discovery portal rather than a page that stupidly regurgitates stories you’ve already read.

Site Updates in Sleipnir

My news feed in Sleipnir based on the websites I visit the most often.

Technically, Sleipnir looks for syndication feeds (Atom/RSS) using the standard feed auto-discovery method (shown below) at the root address for all the most visited websites in the browser’s history. This means that you’ll potentially get very targeted news stories from just the sections you want to read.


 ...... <链接类型= “应​​用/原子+ xml” 的HREF = “/进料”/> 

All parts of the feed discovery and processing happen locally on the user’s own computer without involving privacy-dubious middleware servers, and it’s all built-in top of open web standards.

斯雷普尼尔’s feed parser isn’t the most sophisticated and unfortunately has a few [undocumented] requirements: It supports Atom 1 and RSS2, the content must contain anelement with a 300×270 pixel or larger image, and all the HTML must be entity encoded.

Unfortunately, many of the web’s popular websites and publishing platforms such as WordPress will outputCDATAencapsulated HTML in their feeds rather than entity encoded HTML. Sleipnir requires an image but can’t retrieve OpenGraph or use other standard feature-image discovery methods.

These requirements, unfortunately, mean a large portion of the web can’t ever appear in Site Updates even though they work with every other feed reader program. I found that about a third of my favorite websites don’t comply with these requirements, which had an unfortunate impact on the diversity in my news feed.

Site Updates can also optionally pull in links shared by your friends and news curators you follow on Twitter and Facebook. I haven’t found this nearly as useful nor as interesting as the main operating mode of auto-discovered news from my own favorite websites. People who use Twitter as a syndication platform for their favorite websites will find the feature more useful.

网站更新由斯雷普尼尔默认为Mac启用。在斯雷普尼尔适用于Windows,你需要通过改变启用该功能首选项:标签:新标签:新标签option to “Site Updates”. (This shouldn’t be too surprising as the Sleipnir browser lacks polish, some English translations, and it’s bold user interface experiments sometimes leaves the product lacking essential functionality.)

斯雷普尼尔for Android, and iOS doesn’t have the feature; which makes sense as they’d want to keep mobile data consumption to a minimal.

这是一个有趣的,创新的,直到最近一个被忽视的浏览器创新。斯雷普尼尔已经有这个特殊的功能,以自身为近三年半的时间[1]and only recently have the other browsers started to look into similar functionality. I’ll write more on theother browsers tomorrow– so be sure to订阅!