RSS, Autodscovery Link, and Firefox Live Bookmarks

Reading the O'Reilly book Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom by Ben Hammersley today.

The book talked about how to identify sites that have available RSS feeds. You can add a link to the feed, indicated by the orange and white XML button RSS Badge. Roller does this when you specify the URL of the feed in the Newsfeed URL text entry field of the Bookmarks tab or include the #showRSSBadge() macro in your Weblog template. You can also add an autodiscovery link to the <Head> section of your Webpage template that other programs use to determine the location of the feed. For the Roller templates, add the #showRSSAutodiscoveryLink() to your Webpage template.

For example, when using Firefox to view the blogs, I noticed that my blog didn't have the Live Bookmarks icon RSS Icon in the lower-right corner of the Firefox browser window. Live Bookmarks is a Firefox feature that allows you to view the titles of RSS news and blog entries in the Bookmarks menu.

I added the Roller macro #showRSSAutodiscoveryLink() to my Weblog template, which expands to:

      <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml"
       title="RSS" href="http://blogs.sun.com/roller/rss/dlindt" />

Now my blog displays the Live Bookmarks icon, so my blog entries can be added as Live Bookmarks to the Firefox Bookmarks menu.

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