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I am curious to "be" at the January 21-22 online conference, RSS Winterfest. Most conferences, in person or online, I generally approach with low expectations-- mainly out of frustration over the years that the only format for professional communication t



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CDB Entry: This Week RSS Winterfest - Same Old, Same Old Format or Not?

Mon, 19 Jan 2004 09:04:56 -0700

I am curious to "be" at the January 21-22 online conference, RSS Winterfest. Most conferences, in person or online, I generally approach with low expectations-- mainly out of frustration over the years that the only format for professional communication that...



comment by: Jeffrey Smith

Wed, 21 Jan 2004 11:56:51 -0700

Hi,

I love rss2js and I'm incorporating it into my new site. I have one small problem, I'm trying to use headlines I've scraped with MyHeadlines. The RSS feed comes out quite long (here's one - http://www.deskpops.com/rss/deskpopsbot/index.php?y=0&myh=backend&myh_op=rss&myh_sid=760 )

When I put it into rss2js on my server, it doesn't work, but when I plug that address into your site's "preview a feed," it works fine. What am I doing wrong?

Thanks in advance. BTW, I'm looking at getting an XServe, how's it doing for you?

Jeff




comment by: Alan Levine

Wed, 21 Jan 2004 15:00:35 -0700

Well, thanks, although the comment is not related to this post, but we shall not penalize you for that.

When you have RSS feeds that are dynamically generated, they have a "?" in the URL. If you just put the direct URL into the rss2js.php script, it chokes because the second "?" indicates the beginning of another stricng of names/variables to poass to the script.

The "build.php" script provided in the RSS2JS distribution does the same thhing as the form on our site- it converts the string into a URL it can handle and adds the options for the script.

You can either run this on our site and get the correct paramater string (everything after "rss2js.php?" and swap in the URL for your version of this, OR run the build.php script from your own server.

I would like to re-write our site to provide some better user end support, as soon as this Arizona blizzard melts away.




comment by: Jeffrey Smith

Wed, 21 Jan 2004 16:26:43 -0700

Thanks for the quick reply. I'll get started figuring out how to make it happen on my server with build.php.

One other quick question (just to TRY to overstay my welcome): on Windows machines (and IE for Mac), the feeds don't show all special characters correctly, in particular apostrophes. They still show up with HTML coding. Here's a link to what I mean:

http://jade.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/feed/build.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.deskpops.com%2Frss%2Fdeskpopsbot%2Findex.php%3Fy%3D0%26myh%3Dbackend%26myh_op%3Drss%26myh_sid%3D760&chan=no&num=0&desc=no&date=no

If you open it with Windows or IE for Mac, the apostrophes show up as HTML code. Is there some setting within rss2js to show these properly?

Thanks again,
Jeff




comment by: Alan Levine

Wed, 21 Jan 2004 17:17:56 -0700

That will take some work. A little bit of research shows that the ' entity (a curly quote) is valid in XML but is NOT in HTML 4.x specs- therefore not all browsers will chose to display it. I will have to add some code to convert that character in the output (I think).




comment by: Alan Levine

Wed, 21 Jan 2004 17:33:51 -0700

As a quick test, I was able to get rss2php to substitute a single quote for the ' characters from your feeds; try:

http://jade.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/feed/build.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.deskpops.com%2Frss%2Fdeskpopsbot%2Findex.php%3Fy%3D0%26myh%3Dbackend%26myh_op%3Drss%26myh_sid%3D760&chan=no&num=0&desc=no&date=no

I have no idea what that character is after "Sebato"- there is only so much we can do with the squirrley characters being generated elsewhere.




comment by: Jeffrey Smith

Wed, 21 Jan 2004 18:28:51 -0700

This looks perfect! How do I make it work on my server?

Best regards,
Jeff