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Bloglines processes RSS tag as a PERMALINK -- technically ok, but leads to confusion.

By Andrew Pollack on 11/08/2004 at 08:25 PM EST

As reported by a reader of this blog, Bloglines was parsing the <GUID> tag of the RSS feed from this site instead of the <link> tag when creating URLs. This caused many bloglines readers difficulties in accessing the brilliance (and the other 99% of the content) of this site.

The specification for RSS is here, and its pretty simple. Unfortunately, I didn't read it clearly enough. The <guid> tag has an OPTIONAL parameter "permalink" which if set to "true" identifes the GUID as a permenant link to the item, but if set to "false" identifies the content as a non-url unique identifier. Unfortunately, the DEFAULT is to "true" -- meaning if you leave off the 'optional' parameter, you must make it a URL.

That's a pain.

So, all you bloglines users out there -- sorry. That's what you get when you eschew the standard template everyone else is using for Domino blogging and write your own. Ah well.

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My own thoughts on this are...By Richard Schwartz on 11/08/2004 at 10:24 PM EST
Due to sloppy compliance of so many feeds, an intelligent RSS reader should
probably look at the tag, the tag, and the tag
(whichever of the above are present), and see which one looks like a permanent
link URL. If more than one of those tags looks like a URL but they don't match
each other, then it usually means that the or is the
permanent link and the points to some external page referenced by the
article, but checking each URL against the blog's home URL and picking the one
that is the closest match will usually give the correct permanent link. I'm a
bit surprised that bloglines doesn't do something like this.


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