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Author: Ian Davis Posted: 5/17/1999; 7:45:12 AM Topic: Update on My.UserLand.Com Msg #: 6347 (In response to 5883) Prev/Next: 6346 / 6348
Sorry for the late reply to this thread - I've been on holiday for a week.
I started to do something like this at Internet Alchemy with RSSMaker (http://alchemy.openjava.org). If you haven't seen it yet, RSSMaker creates RSS files from sites that don't yet publish their content in that format. (Some early examples I have running are BBC News, MTV News, Quote of the Day). These are fetched and generated every 2 hours at the moment. There are also a few 'raw' RSS files in there too - ones that are simply copied by RSSMaker and not parsed.
I publish a list of these as an RSS file at http://alchemy.openjava.org/rss/index.rdf. The advantage of using RSS over the userland service list is that it includes a short description of the RSS file. Also RSS is a format that is well handled by a number of programs now - it makes sense to reuse it.
I note that there's no DTD specified in serviceList.xml - is there going to be one in the future? There is already a program that reads it (called Carmen's Headline Viewer - http://www.vertexdev.com/HeadlineViewer/) so you need to be careful about changing the structure.
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