30 March 2005

Tip of the day: Deciphering that strange code you want to load to your aggregator

This shows how to convert a strange code to something you can use in your aggregator.


Purpose

This shows how to:

  • recognize and use a confusing feed URL;

  • convert this URL to something you can use; and

  • convert an unusual webpage URL syntax to an XML feed URI for your aggregator.


  • Let's take a look at some signs of a problem. This is a warning sign of a potential problem related to this code.

    For example, if you load a URL to the aggregator, you may get the following message in NewsGatorOnline:


    Aggregator Error Message


    Error: subscription could not be added. Please check the URL and try again.


    The trick is to notice what you have in your code. Let's look at an example that may be confusing. You may see a feed:http://blog. prefix.

    When might this occur? Here's a sample that's probably changed by now:


    Example


    Look at the bottom of the page on this site http://blog.feedmarker.com/

    Look for the following terms: "Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS)"

    These are the terms you want to look for to find the feed URI. Sometimes there are orange buttons.


    Here's the problem. When you click on those links, you get the strange code:
    feed:http://blog
    Meta: Codes you are given if you click on the links, at the bottom:


    What you may see


    feed:http://blog.feedmarker.com/feed/

    feed:http://blog.feedmarker.com/comments/feed/

    feed:http://blog


    What to do?

    Snip: Remove the beginning part, like this:


    What to do


    feed:http://blog.feedmarker.com/feed/

    feed:http://blog.feedmarker.com/comments/feed/


    Now you have something you can use!

    Uses this: Load this URI to your aggregator:


    Load to your aggregator


    http://blog.feedmarker.com/feed/

    http://blog.feedmarker.com/comments/feed/



    Blog Publisher Tip

    Sometimes users don't understand what to use or not to use in a URI. There are many URI conventions going around. Remember, not all people know what to include or exclude in a code or link.

  • Try to duplicate what your new, young user may do.

  • Test out your links.

  • Try to make it simple.

    If you are unable to make it simple, help the user navigate their way to an alternative.

  • This shows how to convert a strange code to something you can use in your aggregator.


    Purpose

    This shows how to:

  • recognize and use a confusing feed URL;

  • convert this URL to something you can use; and

  • convert an unusual webpage URL syntax to an XML feed URI for your aggregator.


  • Let's take a look at some signs of a problem. This is a warning sign of a potential problem related to this code.

    For example, if you load a URL to the aggregator, you may get the following message in NewsGatorOnline:


    Aggregator Error Message


    Error: subscription could not be added. Please check the URL and try again.


    The trick is to notice what you have in your code. Let's look at an example that may be confusing. You may see a feed:http://blog. prefix.

    When might this occur? Here's a sample that's probably changed by now:


    Example


    Look at the bottom of the page on this site http://blog.feedmarker.com/

    Look for the following terms: "Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS)"

    These are the terms you want to look for to find the feed URI. Sometimes there are orange buttons.


    Here's the problem. When you click on those links, you get the strange code:
    feed:http://blog
    Meta: Codes you are given if you click on the links, at the bottom:


    What you may see


    feed:http://blog.feedmarker.com/feed/

    feed:http://blog.feedmarker.com/comments/feed/

    feed:http://blog


    What to do?

    Snip: Remove the beginning part, like this:


    What to do


    feed:http://blog.feedmarker.com/feed/

    feed:http://blog.feedmarker.com/comments/feed/


    Now you have something you can use!

    Uses this: Load this URI to your aggregator:


    Load to your aggregator


    http://blog.feedmarker.com/feed/

    http://blog.feedmarker.com/comments/feed/



    Blog Publisher Tip

    Sometimes users don't understand what to use or not to use in a URI. There are many URI conventions going around. Remember, not all people know what to include or exclude in a code or link.

  • Try to duplicate what your new, young user may do.

  • Test out your links.

  • Try to make it simple.

    If you are unable to make it simple, help the user navigate their way to an alternative.

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