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Subject: RE: Valid RSS, take two
From: Chris Holt (amiga2k_at_cox.net)
Date: 2003-04-28


On Mon, 28 Apr 2003 18:51:03 +0200 (CEST), Daniel Stenberg wrote:
>On Mon, 28 Apr 2003, Chris Holt wrote:
>
>>>maybe Trillian doesn't handle html in feeds.
>>
>>While they might work in some readers, I don't see them in the RSS
>>spec.
>>I also fail to see the requirement for them, since it's an outline
>>format by default. They are completely redundant in this case. IMHO
>
>I think I'll have to assume that RSS readers do understand HTML within
>the <description> tags, as otherwise it'll make it a lot harder for me
>to write this. I like being able to embed links (hrefs) all over like
>now, and I also like to "collect" multiple sub-items within the date-
>oriented items, which I can't understand how I would do otherwise.

Did you look at the tutorial?

http://www.devx.com/xml/Article/10790/0/page/1

hrefs are (link) (/link)
line items are (item) (/item)
images can be embedded with (url) (/url)

(Replace all the above parenthesis with angle brackets. I did it this
way because I'm assuming the message where I explained these got
trashed.)

I'm sure there are readers that can handle HTML, btu HTML markup is not
allowed per the spec. You can accomplish the functional equivalent of
outline, line item and href tags using RSS tags, and get more
compatibility, I would think.

I don't see how it would be harder to substitute the RSS tags for the
HTML tags you are using, if it is, I'm sorry and none of this is meant to
belittle your contribution.

Some more references on the RSS format:

A brief is here:
http://backend.userland.com/rss091
The RSS 2.0 spec is here:
http://backend.userland.com/rss
Netscape's 0.91 rev 3 spec is here. (very complete with examples, and is
what Dave Winer's page is based on)
http://my.netscape.com/publish/formats/rss-spec-0.91.html

Chris



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