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Introduction to RSS

RSS is one of the simpler forms of what we know as Web Services. This latest article introduces us to RSS, and the many uses it offers for todays applications.

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October 07, 2003
  1. · Introduction to RSS
  2. · RSS Syntax
  3. · Creating RSS Files
  4. · The Four Main Sections of an RSS File
  5. · Working with RSS Files

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Introduction to RSS - RSS Syntax
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RSS defines an XML grammar (a set of HTML-like tags) for sharing news. Each RSS text file contains both static information about your site, plus dynamic information about your new stories, all surrounded by matching start and end tags.

Each story is defined by an <item> tag, which contains a headline TITLE, URL, and DESCRIPTION. Here's an example:

  <title>RSS Resources</title>
  <link> http://www.webreference.com/authoring/languages/xml/rss/ </link>
  <description>Defined in XML, the Rich Site Summary (RSS) format has
  quietly become a dominant format for distributing headlines on the Web.
  Our list of links gives you the tools, tips and tutorials you need to get
  started using RSS. 0323</description>

Each RSS channel can contain up to 15 items and can be easily parsed using Perl or other server-side software like ASP, PHP, etc.

RSS files are metadata.

An RSS file commonly contains four main types of elements: channel, image, items, and text input. These elements are easy to identify and code, as the example in Listing 1 demonstrates. An example of an item within an RSS 0.91 file, Listing 1 contains three easily identifiable parts: a title, a link, and a description.

<title>Mozilla Dispenses with Old, Proprietary DOM</title>


<description>The Mozilla team has decided to forgo backwards
compatibility with Netscape's proprietary DOM.</description>

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