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How do I make the content in my feed look like the content on my site?
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Msg#: 4005032 posted 2:12 am on Oct 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

I am self publishing an rss feed for a site of mine (as opposed to say using wordpress or any other blog software that does it for you).

So I have a file named feed.xml that I update by hand every week.

Now, this weekly update is nothing but a huge page of tables with data in it (for the sake of an example, call them sports scores).

Meaning, every week I update the site by putting the most recent week's worth of sports scores into these tables, and then I update my feed.xml file to show it.

The thing is, on my site, the tables are styled and pretty. There are colors and borders and margins and padding and font sizes and stuff like that. In my feed reader however, it's just a big bunch of data arranged in a completely generic/sloppy/ugly table setup.

What I'd like to do is have everything appear in my feed the same way it does on my site (with the same styling applied).

Is this possible? And, if so, how?

Thanks in advance for any help.

 

mack

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Msg#: 4005032 posted 2:23 am on Oct 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

The concept of rss/xml it to allow the end user to display the data as they wish. A feed doesn't have any layout information the layout needs to be controled by the feed reader of parser that is accessing it.

Now, this weekly update is nothing but a huge page of tables with data in it (for the sake of an example, call them sports scores).

Are you using a valid feel format?

The aim of most feeds it to give the reader a little bit of information, then encourage them to visit your site to read further.

Mack.

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