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Re: [Websec-users] Version 1.5.0 released

From: Trevor Boicey
Subject: Re: [Websec-users] Version 1.5.0 released
Date: Sat, 03 May 2003 14:48:50 -0400
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Baruch Even wrote:

I'd like to announce that I've released version 1.5.0 after a long time
of inactivity.

Good to see this project continuing. Like most of you, this is something I use obviously "every day".

I upgraded to this version from 1.3.4. I had tried 1.4.0 in the past, but for some reason I forget I chose to revert and it stayed on my drive but unreferenced. But this version seems to perform fine.

  A couple of issues:

- I used to use a lot of "Hicolor = Yellow", which now does not work. It comes out black, although the source of the HTML message shows "Yellow" coming through in the highlights. Perhaps the old websec used to replace this with a hexcode, where the new one just passes it along and Mozmail doesn't understand it? Not a big problem.

(Although I do notice that the HTML comes out "TD BGCOLOR==Yellow", is there something I don't know that makes that double-equals important instead of the more standard single?)

  - The source code still has the line similar to:

 $subj = "[websec] - " + something;

...although the default seems to be no prefix to the subject. I got around this by putting the AddSubject in each of my URL lists, but there might be some dead code there.

Also, a bit of a feature request... it would be useful if websec could somehow keep track of how long it's been since the page has changed, either with a date or a number of page requests.

Most useful to me, it could then have a threshold where it will start to send the page again to the user with a message like "this page hasn't changed in two years" and the user could decide if they wanted to delete it from their url.list. Everytime I upgrade and actually watch websec run in person rather than cron, I am amazed at some of the URLs that are in there that I know I haven't gotten updates for in years.

Secondary feature, you could add the update into the output somehow, like at the bottom, saying something like "Page updated after 7 days" or "...2 months" or "...5 years".

Trevor Boicey, P. Eng.
Ottawa, Canada, address@hidden
ICQ #17432933 http://www.brit.ca/~tboicey/
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