How to notify readers of content changes?
I just published a web site that contains drafts of documents I'm working on. They'll be updated frequently, and I need an easy way to inform my readers of changes to the documents that concern them.
The obvious solution to this problem is RSS. I assume it's not too hard to support RSS in the Apache HTTP Server -- I haven't researched it yet -- but I think that's not what I need, or not all I need, because it isn't fine-grained enough. When I change a document, my readers will want to know what changed. Did I rework the whole thing, add a particular topic that may or may not interest them, or fix a typo? Is there an automated way to deliver that type of information?
Not exactly what I had in mind
Steve, webcosmo, I appreciate your offered suggestions, but they aren't what I'm looking for.
I asked about an automated way to deliver fine-grained change information. Writing a description of everything I've written after I write it does not fill the bill.
Actually, that approach puts an extra burden on the reader as well as on me. If she decides that she does want to look at the changes, she still has to find them. In the worst case they're scattered throughout the document, and she has to reread the whole thing -- or even compare it line by line to the previous version, which I'll have to take care to make available -- even though my blog or whatever describes the changes in general terms.
I'm dreaming of a tool that highlights changes on demand, something like Track Changes in Microsoft Word. That's not necessarily the only solution that would work, but it illustrates the type of solution that would work.