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Re: RSS Autodiscovery

  • Subject: Re: RSS Autodiscovery
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 14:40:14 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / Manchester University
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Ignoramus27036 wrote:

> On Wed, 13 Jul 2005 04:22:18 +0100, Roy Schestowitz
> <newsgroups@schestowitz.com> wrote:
>>>> Auto-discovery is important indeed so it is worth checking if it
>>>> functions compatibly with news readers and feeds-related services. I
>>>> personally use RSSOwl as my feeds reader and it has an autodiscovery
>>>> facility that scans the site for typical feeds locations (it flags many
>>>> errors for the Webmaster to see. Ouch!).
>>> What would be those locations?
>> I'll need to check. Is it so important? Different clients will try
>> different locations. I know that Yahoo have some sophisticated way of
>> discovering feeds and it might be integrated into some browser add-on
>> toolbar.
> thanks.
>> If you put an amber meta in your front page,
>> what is that?
>> feeds will probably be followed
>> and discovered. Also, if you add the RSS link to the page headers, you
>> will simplify discovery greatly.
> I did that.
>> Not all people arrive at your front page after all (links, search
>> engines referrals, etc.).
> Yes. Iplaced RSSheader links to pages that logically can be viewed as
> representation of same updates as what I send via RSS.

The amber/orange XML button is what I was referring to. Very few sites use
other buttons to indicate feeds. The more familiar to the general audience,
the better. I haven't looked at the size of the GIF's or PNG's, but I
imagine it should not affect your choice and is no more than 300 bytes

Thumbs up on your last paragraph.


Roy S. Schestowitz

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