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Thursday, May 22, 2003
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Libraries and RSS Roundup

Roy Tennant drinks the RSS kool aid in an article in this month's LJ called Feed Your Head: Keeping Up by Using RSS, and he has the [overall] same idea as Steven Cohen about highlighting Library Purchases Via RSS. Curiously, an RSS feed is not listed as one of the Fifteen Library-tested Programs and Policies to Increase Circulation of AV Materials, so let's just write it in ourselves as #16. ...

[via The Shifted Librarian, 20 May 02003]
> I'm thinking I'll change the template (look of the Ten Thousand Year Blog) to something that hopefully will cause less problems with markup and mysterious whiteouts/blackouts.
> (Java XSLT processor) site, "a site of resources for XT (a Java XSLT processor), by and for XT users, powered by XT." James Clark wrote the original XT and his site is at XT. You'll find some interesting tools on via the Downloads and Resources pages, including downloads for generating RSS 1.0 (the official version) with XT.
> Resource list on blogs-RSS-wikis and RSS syndication information

A copy of a handout I prepared for a presentation to government and special librarians, along with information technologists, at a provincial government office can be found in a couple of places:

Searchers' Zwiki:

Ten Thousand Year Blog:

Because the document was written in Microsoft Word 2000, there's a lot of extraneous HTML tagging, even with the Export to Compact HTML feature used. I keep needing to remind myself never to write something in Word that's intended for display as a Web page.

I'll likely maintain the authoritative copy on the Ten Thousand Year Blog. The Zwiki version is fully editable by anyone.

For those interested in RSS, I'd like to again point out the new service, along with Doug Ransom's excellent presentation on RSS, "Connecting Interested People to New Web Content With Syndication and Aggregation",

Some other RSS tools Doug pointed out for generating RSS content directly from HTML or XHTML pages -- what's called scraping HTML -- are found at

  • Site Summaries in XHTML (W3C Semantic Web Development): (includes basic formatting instructions for your XHTML page and an example using data from the W3C Web site)
  • XHTML-to-RSS Extractor service [trial-release]: ("This service uses a generic webdata transformation service (an XSLT server) to convert from a dialect of XHTML to the proposed RSS 1.0 channel format. Goal: author in XHTML, syndicate in RSS.")

Doug Ransom and Ian Davis are also working on a hypertext syndication proposal that would embed RSS right into XHTML, so a document would be capable of being read as either an RSS feed or an HTML document.

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