Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Re: serviceList.xml

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 ( 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 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 - so you need to be careful about changing the structure.

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