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ANN: New RSS 1.0 online services and tools.

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  • Eric van der Vlist
    The simplicity of a new technology mostly relies relies mostly on the simplicity and availability of practical tools. In order to allow the RSS authors to use
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 22, 2000
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      The simplicity of a new technology mostly relies relies mostly on the
      simplicity and availability of practical tools.

      In order to allow the RSS authors to use their favorite tool to describe
      their RSS channels, the authors of the RSS 1.0 proposal are encouraging
      the development of simple conversion tools available both as online
      services and downloadable for offline use:

      * Dan Brickley announces a prototype XHTML to RSS 1.0 online extractor
      service [1].

      The service generates an RSS 1.0 document using information extracted
      from XHTML pages. By making use of a small set of style classes [2], any
      XHTML page becomes an instant RSS feed.

      The extractor's core is a stylesheet [3] developed by Eric van der Vlist
      and should work with any online XSLT service. Initially, the system
      makes use of a public XSLT transformation server provided by W3C.

      [1] http://www.ilrt.bris.ac.uk/discovery/2000/08/hss/sw.html
      [2] http://4xt.org/downloads/rss/xhtml-to-10.txt
      [3] http://4xt.org/downloads/rss/xhtml-to-10.xsl

      * Eric van der Vlist announces new stylesheets and Java tools [4] to
      create RSS 1.0 documents.

      In addition to the conversion tools for RSS 0.9 and RSS 0.9.1 previously
      available, this new release includes the XHTML to RSS 1.0 stylesheet
      used by Dan Brickley's extractor and a generator using a simple text
      format [5] as its input source.

      This generator allows RSS authors to describe their channel in a user
      friendly plain text format using any text editor while taking care of
      producing a well formed RSS 1.0 document.

      [4] http://4xt.org/downloads/rss/
      [5] http://4xt.org/downloads/rss/text-to-10.txt

      More implementations of online conversion tools and mirror sites will be
      announced soon.

      Dan Brickley (Daniel.Brickley@...)
      Eric van der Vlist (vdv@...)
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