[thelist] Linking to an RSS feed

Peter Van Dijck petervandijck at gmail.com
Tue Sep 5 10:56:12 CDT 2006

You can also provide style information with the feed so that it shows
as a nice page, like feedburner does. In my book that's pretty much
best practice right now..


On 9/5/06, Noah St. Amand <noah at tookish.net> wrote:
> I'm trying to determine the best way to link to an RSS feed from an HTML
> page.
> It seems that a link in the document header is a good idea, since that
> causes some browsers to display an RSS icon linked to the feed in the
> location field, e.g.:
> <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS"
> href="http://www.example.com/index.xml" />
> I would also like to link to the feed from within the page. Some sites
> appear to use a "feed://" protocol (or pseudo-protocol), but I can't
> find enough information about this to determine whether or not it's good
> practice.
> The alternative seems to be just to link to the feed with the "http://"
> protocol. This is what I've been doing to date, and works fine for
> people who know what they're doing, but I've now had two separate
> clients ask me why there was a page on their site called "This XML file
> does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The
> document tree is shown below."
> Is one of these methods clearly better than the other? Are there other
> options that I'm not aware of?
> Thanks for any info.
> Cheers,
> Noah
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