Premium Linkage RSS Feeds now available

~ 06 November 2004 ~

After enough requests to do so, I finally spent a Saturday morning creating RSS/Atom feeds for the Premium Linkage sideblog. Here they are:

Comments are open for feedback on any issues you notice with the feeds.

Next up: A slew of changes, such as changing “Syndicate” to “RSS” anywhere it’s mentioned on this site, an RSS/Atom links page, and active links and full entries in the main Authentic Boredom feeds. Oh, and anyone know why href’s don’t appear as links in any of the feeds except Atom (when viewed from within a newsreader)?



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1   Switch ~ 06 November 2004 at 11:08 AM

Why rename ‘Syndication’ to ‘RSS’? Since you do not only offer RSS, you also offer Atom feeds (which, aren’t RSS).

Instead you could just call it ‘feeds’, but calling it ‘RSS’ is fault. Why do you think the icon in Firefox for the Livemarks was altered in the latest RC of 1.0? :)

2   Cameron Moll ~ 06 November 2004 at 11:15 AM

Apparently I need to refresh (or renew?) my knowledge of RSS… Thanks, Switch.

3   Mike D. ~ 06 November 2004 at 11:40 AM

I don’t know if this is the problem in your case, but I do know that the default Movable Type RSS and Atom templates uses different MT tags to pull their content. The RSS templates use MTExcerpt which automatically remove links, images, and pretty much everything except for text, while the default Atom template just includes the full post. If you go into your Atom template you can copy the proper MT tag from their and put it into your RSS template to replace MTExcerpt.

By the way, this is a good reason why when you subscribe to a new feed from someone’s site, you should choose the Atom feed. Most people don’t change it by default so you get the full post and images (if you’re into that sort of thing).

4   Cameron Moll ~ 06 November 2004 at 11:44 AM

Ah ha, Mike. Great catch. That’s exactly the tip I needed. Thanks.

5   Gabriel Mihalache ~ 06 November 2004 at 12:42 PM

Great stuff!
Maybe what we need is something like for designers (a site that aggregates and displays for browsing all the content of designer feeds)… so I could subscribe to a single RSS URL with all the content of the Design Fab Five, for example.

6   Robert ~ 06 November 2004 at 02:43 PM

What’s the reasoning behind recommending the ATOM feed? Just curious.

7   Cameron Moll ~ 06 November 2004 at 03:38 PM

Nevermind, Robert. I’ve updated the RSS 2.0, and they both work the same now (previously the RSS feed wasn’t showing active links; does now).

For curious MT users, I had to change this line from the RSS 2.0 template:

<$MTExcerpt remove_html=”1” encode_xml=”1”$>

to read as this:

<$MTBody remove_html=”0” encode_xml=”1”$>

That forced the body entry instead of the excerpt and also told it to display HTML. (See Mike D’s comment above.)

Problem solved.

8   Jason Beaird ~ 06 November 2004 at 07:14 PM

It’s funny because I just learned all this last week. I’m finishing up a redesign and using MT for the first time and was wondering why my Atom and RSS feeds looked different in bloglines…then I looked at the templates.

9   Allan Rojas ~ 09 November 2004 at 09:16 AM


as a side note, i just suscribed to the RSS feed of the main page and it appears messed in Firefox… the list of news shows up as a list of img tags…


10   Cameron Moll ~ 09 November 2004 at 11:06 AM

Ah yes, thanks for the reminder. On the list of fixes.


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