Dan Knight - 2003.02.27 It's been a long time since I've added any automation to the site, although I have made a few tweaks to existing automation, but this week we added one more significant piece to our ongoing site automation project, an automatically generated RSS news feed. What's RSS? An RSS (Rich Site Summary) news feed is a text file that others can use to find out what's new on your website. There's a standard format for these documents, which includes things like the domain name and URL, email for the webmaster, when the latest update took place, along with article titles, their URL, and usually a brief description or teaser. There's a good introduction to them in Using RSS News Feeds .
XML is springing up all over the Internet as a means to create standard data formats for the exchange of information between systems, irrelevant of their platform or technology. As you may already know, XML allows you to define your own custom markup languages similar to HTML and suited to whatever data you need to represent. A number of standard XML-based markup languages have been created to facilitate the exchange of common types of information.