9780321426222

Secrets of RSS

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  • ISBN13:

    9780321426222

  • ISBN10:

    0321426223

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/7/2006
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press

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Summary

Everything readers need to know to learn and effectively use RSS!

Author Biography

Steven Holzner is an award-winning author of 95 books; his books have included many bestsellers, sold over two million copies worldwide, and been translated into 18 languages. He's been writing about XML topics, including RSS (and its parent specification, RDF), since XML 1.0 first appeared and he's also been a contributing editor for PC Magazine. Steve received his BS from MIT and a PhD from Cornell, and has been on the faculty of both universities. He also runs his own company for teaching classes to corporate clients, Onsite Global (www.onsiteglobal.com).

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Gotta Get My RSS
1(18)
What Is RSS?
2(1)
How RSS Works
3(3)
Good for Readers
6(1)
Good for Publishers
7(1)
RSS and Blogging
8(1)
Podcasting Too
9(1)
A Brief History of RSS
10(3)
RSS Resources
13(6)
Grabbing RSS with Readers
19(32)
Using an RSS Reader
20(15)
Subscribing to a feed
20(8)
Reading feeds in your RSS reader
28(5)
Getting alerts
33(1)
Sending an item through email
33(1)
Grouping feeds together
33(1)
Unsubscribing from a feed
34(1)
Getting RSS on your PDA or phone
35(1)
What Kind of Reader Do You Want?
35(1)
Online RSS Readers
36(6)
Easy RSS reading with CompleteRSS
36(2)
Searching for feeds with Feedster
38(1)
Reading RSS with Bloglines
38(1)
Using NewsIsFree
38(2)
Whooping it up with My Yahoo
40(1)
Grabbing RSS feeds with NewsGator
41(1)
Desktop RSS Readers
42(4)
A good choice: RSSReader
42(1)
Getting sharp with SharpReader
43(1)
Crawling for news with NewzCrawler
43(1)
Accelerating with AmphetaDesk
44(1)
Getting your news with FeedDemon
44(1)
Getting plucky with Pluck
45(1)
Other desktop readers
45(1)
Finding RSS Feeds
46(4)
Using RSS readers
47(1)
Using feed directories
48(1)
Using searches
48(2)
Importing and Exporting RSS Feeds
50(1)
Creating RSS Feeds
51(40)
Picking an RSS Format
52(1)
RSS 0.91
52(1)
RSS 1.0
53(1)
RSS 2.0
53(1)
Atom
53(1)
Understanding an RSS Document
53(5)
Creating RSS Feeds Online
58(18)
UKOLN
58(5)
WebReference
63(3)
RSS Headliner
66(2)
IceRocket
68(6)
Shared RSS
74(1)
My RSS Creator
74(1)
Internet search
74(2)
Creating RSS on Your Computer
76(8)
NewzAlert Composer
77(4)
FeedForAll
81(3)
Uploading Your RSS Feed
84(2)
Using an FTP interface
84(2)
Using an HTML interface
86(1)
Adding the XML Button
86(3)
Validating Your RSS Feed
89(2)
Creating RSS Feeds from Scratch
91(56)
An XML Primer
93(8)
Starting with the XML declaration
93(1)
Creating the document element
94(2)
Creating XML elements
96(1)
Creating XML attributes
96(1)
Nesting XML elements
97(2)
Well-formed and valid XML documents
99(2)
Writing RSS 0.91 Documents
101(25)
The XML declaration and DTD
102(2)
The <rss> element
104(1)
The <channel> element
104(1)
The <copyright> element
105(1)
The <pubDate> element
106(1)
The <lastBuildDate> element
106(1)
The <docs> element
107(1)
The <description> element
108(1)
The <link> element
108(1)
The <title> element
109(1)
The <language> element
110(2)
The <image> element
112(4)
The <managingEditor> element
116(1)
The <webMaster> element
117(1)
The <rating> element
118(1)
The <skipHours> element
118(2)
The <skipDays> element
120(2)
The <item> element
122(2)
The <textinput> element
124(2)
Writing RSS 1.0 Documents
126(6)
Writing RSS 2.0 Documents
132(12)
The <channel> element
133(4)
The <item> element
137(5)
Extending RSS 2.0
142(2)
Writing Atom Documents
144(3)
Blogging with RSS
147(28)
Blogging with Blogger
148(7)
Posting with Blogger
151(2)
Blogger's Atom feed
153(2)
Blogging with LiveJournal
155(5)
Posting with LiveJournal
157(2)
LiveJournal's RSS and Atom feeds
159(1)
Blogging with TypePad
160(4)
Posting with TypePad
163(1)
TypePad's RSS feed
164(1)
Blogging with Bloglines
164(7)
Bloglines' RSS feed
167(4)
Blogging with Yahoo
171(4)
Posting with Yahoo
172(1)
Yahoo's RSS feed
173(2)
Automating Creation of RSS Feeds
175(28)
Creating RSS with Blogging Tools
176(1)
Scraping RSS from HTML
176(18)
RSS with FeedFire
177(4)
RSS with myWebFeeds
181(2)
RSS with W3C's online service
183(11)
RSS from Email
194(7)
RSS with NewslettersByRSS
195(3)
RSS with iUpload
198(3)
RSS with Automatic Software
201(2)
Podcasting: Adding Multimedia to Your Feeds
203(28)
All About Podcasting
204(2)
Creating a Podcast
206(4)
The equipment
206(1)
The software
206(4)
Adding Enclosures to RSS Items
210(10)
Using the <enclosure> element
210(2)
Adding enclosures by hand
212(2)
NewzAlert Composer
214(3)
FeedForAll
217(3)
Using Dedicated Podcast Software
220(2)
Downloading Podcasts
222(6)
Podcast.net
224(1)
Bloglines
224(1)
Juice Receiver
225(1)
RSSRadio
226(1)
BlogMatrix Sparks
227(1)
iPods and MP3 players
228(1)
Finding Podcasts
228(3)
Publicizing Your Feeds
231(30)
Using the XML Button
232(3)
Getting Links to Your Page
235(3)
Using Autodiscovery
238(2)
Optimizing for Search Engines
240(5)
Publicizing your search terms
240(1)
Finding the right search terms
241(4)
Getting into Search Engines
245(5)
Site-submission services and software
247(3)
Using RSS Feed Directories
250(7)
Submitting a feed yourself
251(3)
Submitting a feed using software
254(3)
Publicizing Your Podcast
257(4)
Using podcast directories
259(1)
Using ads
260(1)
Connecting to a bigger site
260(1)
Converting RSS Feeds to a Web Site
261(32)
Why Convert RSS Feeds to a Web Site?
262(1)
Converting RSS to JavaScript
262(15)
RSS-xpress Lite
262(5)
RSS-to-JavaScript
267(4)
FeedRoll
271(1)
Feed2JS
272(3)
Jawfish
275(2)
Using Server-Side Software
277(1)
Converting RSS to HTML
278(12)
RSSlib
278(3)
RSS2HTML
281(2)
Magpie
283(4)
DOMit
287(2)
Other PHP-based RSS converters
289(1)
Converting RSS to Applets with RSSViewerApplet
290(2)
Handling RSS With Perl Scripts
292(1)
Doing It Right: RSS Best Practices
293(28)
Validate Your Feed
294(2)
Use the Right Encoding
296(1)
Avoid Using the Same Title Twice
297(1)
Avoid Overwhelming Servers
298(1)
Brand Your Feed
299(2)
Avoid Including Only Titles
301(1)
Avoid Long Titles and Descriptions
302(2)
Refine the Content
304(1)
Make it accurate
304(1)
Make it useful
304(1)
Make it interesting
305(1)
Use Good Writing Practices
305(2)
Decide on your main point
305(1)
Be context-independent
306(1)
Keep your audience in mind
306(1)
Start with an overview
306(1)
Select your format carefully
306(1)
Be concise
307(1)
Break up long passages
307(1)
Get feedback
307(1)
Devote Attention to Your Feed
307(1)
Make Links Point to Items
308(3)
Use CDATA Around HTML in <description> Elements
311(3)
Stay Current on Formats
314(1)
Limit the Number of Items in Your Feed
315(1)
Design Your Titles and Descriptions Carefully
316(1)
Avoid Using HTML in Titles
316(1)
Get Permission
317(1)
Include Contact Info
317(4)
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