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RE: [rss-public] item link

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  • Sean Lyndersay
    +1 on using any opportunity to recommend using guids. I d also add a comment that whatever link points to, it SHOULD be renderable in a web browser
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 31, 2006

      +1 on using any opportunity to recommend using guids.


      I’d also add a comment that whatever “link” points to, it SHOULD be “renderable” in a web browser (ideally HTML).  


      Standard aggregator practice appears to be to toss the link URL to the browser, or, for aggregators that host browsers inline (e.g. FeedDemon and RSS Bandit), they attempt show the link in a hosted browser window. Yes, in most cases, if it points to a binary or some other content, it will still work fine, but it’s not what users expect (and the behavior may be unpredictable).




      From: rss-public@yahoogroups.com [mailto:rss-public@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Sam Ruby
      Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2006 4:52 PM
      To: rss-public@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [rss-public] item link


      The channel/item/link section seems to be a bit on the light side:


      The following is from the version of the RSS 2.0 specification as
      currently hosted on the Harvard site:

      In some systems, <link> is a permalink to a weblog item. However, in
      other systems, each <item> is a synopsis of a longer article, <link>
      points to the article, and <guid> is the permalink to the weblog

      This missing information is useful. My two cents: this section should
      reinforce the recommendation that a unique <guid> be included in each
      item as that makes the above less of a concern; and then I'd suggest
      that this be followed up with a recommendation that if <guid> is not
      included, that for best results with existing aggregators an attempt
      should be make to make the <link> element be a permalink.

      - Sam Ruby

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