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07-18-2007, 09:54 PM
07-19-2007, 03:14 AM
you know that you can only use feeds that are hosted on the same domain as your page right?
provided same domains, your choices for inlining and rss feed are:
-inIE - use an <XML> tag to import and style the data
-use XSLT transforms to produce the entire page from an RSS file.
-use FireFox2's XML data type in combination with e4x to produce the html blocks.
i am sure i forgot a couple of other possibilities here, but googlin the above topics should get you on your way.
07-19-2007, 03:19 PM
(replied twice by accident)
07-19-2007, 03:20 PM
Hello rnd! Thanks for the help so far. I found a site (http://www.howtocreate.co.uk/tutorials/jsexamples/rss.html) that seems to offer that third solution. But it seems to do more than I want or need. Let me rephrase my question.
All I'm trying to do is have a portion of an RSS feed - the header, first words of a new entry, etc. - appear on my page as the linked text in a regular HTML link. That's it. The link itself could open up a new page or whatever. The other page to be read (and then linked to) is a blog, in XHTML code, or so it says. (it's a Blogger.com page).
A blogger.com page is not in my domain, of course. I'm not clear why that's important - isn't the purpose of RSS to read/publish to other pages? Also, I have feedreader 3.10, but I don't think I need to involve that in this process - correct me if I'm wrong.
In short, I'm just looking for some code that will read a specified RSS text upon page load, and take that text and stick it in between the angle brackets in a link <a href="*"> (RSS feed here) </a>. Nothing more. Hope that helps clarify, and thanks for being patient with a newbie. :o
07-20-2007, 04:34 AM
A blogger.com page is not in my domain, of course. I'm not clear why that's important - isn't the purpose of RSS to read/publish to other pages?
This is important because the tools used to retrieve the rss feed on the client-side are themselves restricted to a single domain, particularly the xmlHttpRequest object. While true that the intent and spirit of rss is a free-flow of information, browsers have yet to embrace and facilitate this flow.
JSON can come from anywhere, whereas XML must come from you.
Another workaround i don't hear much about, but have used in past uses a client-side page to mimic the functionality of a server. If the data doesn't change every 30 seconds (most feeds don't), you might consider simulating a server on you own pc. Active desktop webpages can pull data from any domain. The page should then convert the xml to json, and upload it to your server. Use a setTimeout or a meta-refresh to reset the page, and have the update bound to onload.
If i were just getting started, i would checkout yahoo pipes first. i think they even have examples of what you want to do.
you can also use a google widget to accomplish the same thing if you don't mind a small logo.
i think that once you overcome the 'domain dilema' you should have little trouble finding examples of json>html.
i hope this helps somewhat, i've been down the same path, and know it can be a bear.
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