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RE: W3C QA news now a RSS feed

From: Brian Kelly <b.kelly@ukoln.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 11:08:02 -0000
To: "'Olivier Thereaux'" <ot@w3.org>, www-qa@w3.org
Cc: emiller@w3.org, dom@w3.org
Message-ID: <009b01c1c5c8$59c72900$d513268a@ukoln.ac.uk>
Following on from my previous message a colleague informs me that the
W3C QA RSS feed not only contains RSS elements, but also some additional
ones (span, br, etc.).  Our RSS application uses the XML-RSS-0.97 parser
from CPAN and it gives the message:

  Malformed RSS: invalid version
  at /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/XML/Parser/Expat.pm line 462

This would appear to be a problem with someone's code, and therefore
out-of-scope for the QA group (but you may wish to know if your news
feed can't be read!).  However I think it does raise an issue concerning
the testing of extensible formats, which presumably should be in scope. 

I guess Dominique and Eric Miller, W3C might also be interested in this,
so I've copied the message to them. 

Note that RSS 1.0 isn't a W3C format (although it's based on RDF).  I'm
mailed the RSS-DEV list (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rss-dev/) as they
may be able to provide further info.


PS the main W3C news feed includes a CSS (not XSLT) style sheet, but
this isn't the reason for the problem, as I incorrectly suggested in my
initial posting.

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: www-qa-request@w3.org [mailto:www-qa-request@w3.org] On
> > Behalf Of Olivier Thereaux
> > Sent: 18 February 2002 03:49
> > To: www-qa@w3.org
> > Subject: W3C QA news now a RSS feed
> > 
> > 
> > Dear QA Interest Group,
> > 
> > 
> > Thanks to a suggestion by Dominique Hazael-Massieux (our
> > Webmaster), and help from Dominique and Eric Miller (W3C 
> > Semantic Web Activity Lead), W3C QA news are now available as 
> > a RSS feed [1]:
> > 
> > [1] http://www.w3.org/QA/Overview.rss
> Does this news feed work?  I'm asking because I've used the 
> Feedreader application and RSSXpress (at 
> <http://rssxpress.ukoln.ac.uk/>) to try and view it since it 
> was first released and with both I receive no information.  
> Both of these RSS viewers allow me to view the main W3C RSS 
> feed (http://www.w3.org/2000/08/w3c-synd/home.rss).
> Note that the RSS resource does serve an XML file. 
> Ahh just tried both in Internet Explorer.  I now find that: 
http://www.w3.org/QA/Overview.rss gives me IE's view of a valid XML file
but http://www.w3.org/2000/08/w3c-synd/home.rss
gives me formatted output.


Anyway I think there is a QA issue here!

Brian Kelly
UK Web Focus
University of Bath 
Email: B.Kelly@ukoln.ac.uk
Web: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/
Phone: 01225 38 3943

> RDF Site Summary (RSS)[1] is "a lightweight multipurpose
> extensible metadata description and syndication format. RSS 
> is an XML application, conforms to the W3C's RDF 
> Specification and is extensible via XML-namespace and/or RDF 
> based modularization".
> [2] http://purl.org/rss/1.0/spec
> This site-summary metadata is created directly from our QA
> news (XHTML) page, using a simple yet powerful 
> transformation. Some documentation on how this is done [3] is 
> available.
> [3] http://www.w3.org/2000/08/w3c-synd/
> For more information on RSS syndication, there are plenty of
> tutorials, primers and articles on the web, ask your 
> favourite search engine...
> Regards,
> --
> Olivier
Received on Thursday, 7 March 2002 06:09:09 UTC

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