RSS Autodiscovery

One of the tools in NewzCrawler is RSS Autodiscovery. When you turn it on, it checks out the pages for newsfeeds (XML versions of the page). One of the ways it does this is by looking in the header of the page for a LINK tag that points it to the feed. It should be in the HEAD section of the page, and Movable Type templates include it by default.

As usual, a great place to find out about this stuff is at dive into mark.

Something that is annoying, though, is when your newsfeed points to the “wrong” file. Now, I know there is no right and wrong with this stuff, but if you set up a nice RSS version 2.0 page, why should you steer everyone to the version 1.0 page by default?

To make sure that everyone sees your spiffy new feed with the full-post content, check the following tag in your blog template:

<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”RSS” href=”path_to_your_xml_file” />

Make sure “path_to_your_xml_file” points to your RSS 2.0 feed (index.xml, for example). That’s it.

My newscrawler thanks you, and I thank you.

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6 Responses to RSS Autodiscovery

  1. I’m really digging NewzCrawler. Got your feed all added. 🙂

  2. Jason D- says:

    Done. Sorry about that. I was still pointing to the 1.0 feed. I wish NetNewsWire had RSS Autodiscovery. When I used the PC I paid for NewzCrawler and loved it. NNW is pretty good tho.

  3. Christine says:

    I’m not sure if I point to anything at all. Where should I put that code? At the top of my index page? In the sidebar where I’m going to add the lovely orange XML button tonight? Where?

    Must make Solonor happy. Must make Solonor happy…

  4. Solonor says:

    Doh! I forgot to say it goes in the HEAD section, right near where your LINK tag to your CSS might be. I shall update at once!!

  5. GeekGrrl says:

    Thanks for telling me this now Solonor! (Kidding.) 😉

  6. oops, I was pointing to my 1.0 feed. All fixed now.

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