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Generating RSS Feeds

4:37 am on Jan 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Split off from RDF Patent Discussion [webmasterworld.com]

Brett (and others), I've been watching the RSS phenomenon on the sidelines and trying not to get sucked too far into it (because it looks like a lot of fun).

But... If one wanted to set up a very small RSS feed in the simplest possible way, can you recommend how to do it? I understand how to mark up an RSS file (could do a simple one by hand, like I do my HTML). I know there are whole site management tools like Manila, Greymatter, etc., that automate the whole thing. But let's say I make a little 10-item RSS file and update it by hand each week. What is the easiest way to allow anyone to plug that feed into their own pages?

I see that http://www.researchbuzz.com/newsstand.html for example, offers a JavaScript snippet (that calls some other program), and this works very effectively (I gave it a try). Is there a publicly available bit of Javascript code that I could install onto my own site, one that would by itself translate the RSS into (X)HTML and return that HTML block, and then I could let visitors paste my own snippet on their pages? (I'm afraid I don't know any Javascript; I've tried to keep my sites free of it as much as possible. I come from the Jakob Nielsen school of boring page design. But I might be able to hack on a simple template translator to get it to work.)


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4:43 am on Jan 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Most sites who want to encourage people to use their feeds will either provide a simple javascript cut and paste so you can put straight into your page. for example our sites provide this, based on public services that actually do this for you.

Your obviously have done a bit of research. Ive mentioned a few other sites for this in the past so dont want to stretch the friendship with WMW in publishing links again, but look for places like newsisfree, magportal and synidic8 for guidance on how to use their own parsed feeds on your sites, or scripts which will help you do it yourself.

The other thing i would suggest is to get your RSS file registered with as many services as possible (like the above)- once you know which aggregators are syndicating your RSS file, let people know that they can subscribe to your feed there too.

Dont spend too much time.

It may be illegal soon...

4:11 pm on Jan 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

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For people to put it on their site? I think Chiyo has the right approach. There's no real way to do out-of-the-box rss.

I do the rss feed and do a snippet [webmasterworld.com] for the site here. (on an example site [searchengineworld.co.uk] in an Iframe)

If there is perl installed on the other server, they can use the RSS module to parse and display the file.

Xoc is using a MS tool to pull the rss feed here generate content for his homepage [xoc.net].