Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Creating an RSS Feed for your Website - notes

Creating an RSS Feed manually - notes.

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- It is certainly easy enough to create a RSS Feed for your website
manually. New technology always has a learning curve, but the format of the
XML file is straightforward.
- We only used the necessary elements to create the RSS Feed example, but it
is certainly functional.
- The real issue is to match the dynamic RSS Feed to a static Website.
- For some, coding the RSS Feed manually takes away all the mystery.

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You can use CSS to format your RSS Feed.

- See http://www.wizard-creek.com/rss/rss-class-example-2.xml
If you click on this file, you see the XML code.

- Now click on http://www.wizard-creek.com/rss/rss-class-example-3.xml
It is the same file with CSS added.
Example 3 has one additional line.
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/css" href="rss-feed.css"?> that invokes a CSS
file.

- The CSS File is http://www.wizard-creek.com/rss/rss-feed.css

- It is questionable the value of using CSS to format an RSS Feed, because
an RSS Feed is designed to be read by computer and not by humans, but it can
be done.

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There are two more posts to finish up this advanced topic.
- Using programming to create feeds.
- Using products to create feeds.

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