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Verify an RSS Feed
wfernley




msg:3073494
 1:27 pm on Sep 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hey everyone,

I have an RSS feed on my site I made 6 months ago. It is starting to get popular so I wanted to make sure it is working at 100%. Is there anyway to verify my RSS feed to make sure everyone can view it without errors?

Thanks in advance for your help!

 

encyclo




msg:3073672
 3:54 pm on Sep 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

First is to check with a validator (validation is much more important with RSS/Atom than HTML):

[feedvalidator.org...]
[validator.w3.org...]

As for compatibility, which version of RSS are you using?

wfernley




msg:3073720
 4:25 pm on Sep 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

I believe I am using RSS 2.0

encyclo




msg:3075618
 1:01 am on Sep 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

The validator can confirm for you which version you are using (the feedvalidator one above is excellent). RSS 2.0 and RSS 0.91 are the two most widely-supported syndication formats - if you are using one of those two and your feed is valid, then you are very safe in terms of compatibility for a very wide range of user agents.

The biggest issues are ill-formed feeds, charset issues, MIME type issues and server misconfigurations (which often cause the previous two problems). Your feed should be declaring its charset via a HTTP header, and have the MIME type application/rss+xml rather than text/xml (or worse, text/plain).

wfernley




msg:3076105
 1:49 pm on Sep 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your help!

Using the RSS validator you mentioned, I was able to use its suggestions and validate my RSS. It looks good now.

The only thing I am wondering about though is defining the MIME type. I am not doing that on my RSS feed. Should I be? It validated fine.

encyclo




msg:3076904
 1:14 am on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

If the validator didn't give a warning about the mime type, then that's a good sign - it usually means that the server is already handling things correctly. Can you load/view the feed in a browser? If you have Firefox, when you visit does it show an XML view or offer a download prompt? If you get an XML view, press Ctrl + I and check what "Type" is listed, as well as the encoding.

wfernley




msg:3076940
 2:06 am on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

No I don't get any prompts.

It could be because the rss page is a php page. I have a php script that updates with the latest news via my database. It puts it in an rss format for others to view.

I have it working fine on my website on the homepage. I have an rss reader script that shows the latest 5 rss feeds from my feed.

Hope that made sense ;)

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