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Using HTML inside an RSS feed

     
2:29 am on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Is it possible to use HTML tags within an RSS feed?

It appears to work correctly in Safari but not NetNewsWire

7:28 pm on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I haven't tried those, but it works in BlogLines.

The trouble is that the RSS standards disagree (or don't say) whether they allow this, and how it should be handled (should the HTML be included directly, or XML escaped). Mark Pilgrim wrote an excellent summary of all the nasty compatability problems with RSS:

[diveintomark.org ]

I would recommend that you include HTML (if that makes sense for your content), and escape the HTML. That seems to work best in my experience.

8:05 pm on Nov 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your advice. I'll check out that link

On a related note,....I am definitly experiencing the inconsistencies between RSS readers. I checked my feed with [validator.org...] ...and it passes, but Pluck doesn't like it.

8:21 pm on Nov 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Well the Pluck 'FeedFinder' seems not to understand Atom, which is a bit pants, but they like my RSS feed. I haven't tried their RSS reader thing yet though.