Create Your Own RSS Feed – Part II has updated with Part II of the Quick Reference guide to helping you create your own RSS feed. Part I : How to Create an RSS Feed offered instructions for creating a basic RSS document, and talks about what RSS is, required elements, and feed validation. Part II: “Optional RSS Elements <‘tags’>, Syndication and More” covers things like optional elements, feed editors, syndication and other RSS topics.

“Last week we discussed RSS, the acronym used to describe the de facto standard for syndicating Web content, and we provided step-by-step instructions to help you create your own basic RSS feed using the required elements (“tags”). This week we’ll discuss some of the non required (optional) channel and item tags, discuss RSS specifications a little more in-depth, and also look at feed syndication and aggregators.

In creating our first RSS feed, we used only the basic required tags needed to create a working RSS document (also called an RSS feed). These elements, as defined by the RSS 2.0 specification, are called channel elements and the required <channel> elements include <title>, <link>, and <description>.  When creating an RSS document you can also use other optional <channel> sub-elements like <language>, <copyright>, <managingEditor>, <webMaster>, <generator>, <pubDate>, and others, as defined in the RSS 2.0 Specification.”

Part I : How to Create an RSS Feed
By Vangie Beal, July 17, 2008

Part II: Optional RSS Elements <‘tags’>, Syndication and More
By Vangie Beal, Last updated: July 23, 2008


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