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Deaf Mike wrote:
> i was under the impression that you have to design XML pages in order
> to allow viewers to RSS that page. but i notice that nytimes.com
> works in HTML and you can still subscribe via RSS.
> can i set this up in DW so someone can subscribe to my HTML page with
> RSS? or do i need special software?
RSS is a special file. When someone subscribes to it, they're telling their
feed reader to go check that file's URL all the time. If the file has
changed, the reader loads the info that's in it (title, link, summary, etc).
If it hasn't changed since the last time, the reader ignores it.
Google RSS and you'll find some simple info on what is in an RSS file. Then
the question is how you update that file....manually when you make changes
>i was under the impression that you have to design XML pages in order to allow
>viewers to RSS that page. but i notice that nytimes.com works in HTML and you
>can still subscribe via RSS.
The RSS file ("the feed") is written in XML, but the page it is used on
doesn't have to be written in X(HT)ML. Both are completely independent
> can i set this up in DW so someone can subscribe to my HTML page with RSS? or
>do i need special software?
You just have to find a convenient way to create the RSS. You can write
it by hand if it doesn't change too often or use some software to create
it. Of course it also depends on what the feed should contain and where
all the data is coming from.
Then linking the feed to a page can't get easier. Just add a 'link'
element to the page head:
<link rel='alternate' href='...' type='application/rss+xml' title='...'>
That's it. Modern browsers will then usually show an RSS icon in their
address bar. Of course you can also add an explict link somewhere on the
page itself for users to click on.
Just ask the search engine of your least distrust for more details.