>> Does anyone know of RSS readers (for Win/Mac/Linux) that support >> password-protected feeds? This is for an extranet-type use, and it >> seems like a reasonable feature to me :-) but so far nada found... NetNewsWire supports password-protected feeds: http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/ You might also look through the results for this search: http://www.google.com/search?q=rss+reader+http+authentication > Why on earth would you want to restrict an RSS feed? > What a weird idea. If the stuff is so precious use VPN. The same reason you'd want to restrict access to an HTML file or any other file available via HTTP. > The whole point behind RSS is announcement. TypePad allows you to set > up private blogs which are password protected, and may be what you > are looking for. > > But to futz up a specification whose existance is about publication is a > crazy idea. RSS is served via HTTP. HTTP supports password authentication. The specification is already "futzed up"...shouldn't Web browsers, even the specialized ones (an RSS reader is just a specialized Web browser), support the HTTP spec as much as they can? -jason http://www.kottke.org "home of fine hypertext products"