Configuring Google Gadgets for your page

google modules form screenshotGoogle gadgets on a Google property are easy to configure — Google provides a nice UI, and the user can just select the arrow in the upper right corner to configure it.

But to put a gadget on any old site, you need to first generate a javascript snippet, which has all the configuration in it.

Unfortunately, when generating this script for Feedsparks, Google’s form for configuring the script has a problem: Notice anything missing in the screenshot above? There’s no UI to configure the list of feeds!

This may be something to do with the newness of the gadget list datatype, or something fixable in how Feedsparks is written.

So, until the mystery of this problem is resolved, if you want to install the feedsparks gadget into any web page … and actually be able to configure it to display your feeds … you’ll need to add this snippet like this in the middle of the script line generated by Google.


Careful .. it goes right there alongside the other parameters to the gadget (you could put it after up_days). An example of the full, modified script line is…

<script src=";up_days=30&amp;up_feeds=BernieThompson|Haikupedia&amp;up_attribute=circulation&amp;up_userid=&amp;up_password=&amp;synd=open&amp;w=288&amp;h=81&amp;title=FeedBurner+Trends&amp;border=%23ffffff%7C3px%2C1px+solid+%23999999&amp;output=js"></script>

Resulting in a gadget on your page which looks like this.

If there are other problems configuring Feedsparks, let me know.

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