Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Basics of Blogging Series: Part 16 - RSS Channel Sub-Elements Specifically "Image" (& How To Use It)

Cobwebs Of The Mind - RSSNow we have covered some of the major points in the "Channel" element, we will now cover the various sub-elements in the channel element - specifically the "image" element. Crtitical Point - None of these are required EXCEPT for the command line of:

However it would be to your best interest to include some of them. Our purpose is to create an RSS feed template that you can use, and what is known as a "well formed XML document" which will pass validation with flying colors! (And make you into a techie as well!)

Cobwebs Of The MindThose of you who understand RSS templates might ask why I am concentrating so much on the Channel element and it is a valid question. The thing is that possibilities within a Channel element are all meant to actually "publicize" the information for your entire web site. If you are CNN or Microsoft or the New York Times you have nothing to worry about. But if you are like the majority of us out there, then every bit of information you can get into your RSS template may help. Additionally, it is simply good practice to include some of these elements as the more RSS spreads the more they will be used.

First let me briefly cover the three sub-elements which you will almost NEVER find in an RSS template. (You can easily skip this part, unless you want to understand most of the innards of the RSS 2.0 specification.)

  • Cloud sub-Element - This sub-element which will appear as follows:
    Its purpose is to allow a processes to register with a cloud to be notified of updates to the channel. In other words the Cloud acts as a
    farm to feed out RSS feeds to "computers" connected to it. Sort of like a buffer.

  • textinput sub-element - This sub-element is strange in that I have yet to find a use or clear description of what it is supposed to do. Mostly ignored by all.

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