[Rd] R RSS feed

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Thu Oct 15 23:41:53 CEST 2009

On 15/10/2009 4:31 PM, Yihui Xie wrote:
> I do not think the problem was caused by DTD. I checked the content of
> the RSS feed and found there were several places containing characters
> that were not converted to HTML entities (e.g. "&" should be "&"),
> or opening tags without corresponding closing tags (e.g. <LI> without
> </LI>, a typical problem I found, at least in
> http://developer.r-project.org/blosxom.cgi/R-devel/NEWS/index.rss).

Thanks, will fix those.

Duncan Murdoch

> These problems will make the browsers choke but I also find Google
> Reader does not mind at all -- you can still read the RSS messages
> normally there. I'm not sure how other RSS readers deal with those
> non-standard HTML content.
> Regards,
> Yihui
> --
> Yihui Xie <xieyihui at gmail.com>
> Phone: 515-294-6609 Web: http://yihui.name
> Department of Statistics, Iowa State University
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> On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 2:15 PM, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch at stats.uwo.ca> wrote:
>> On 10/15/2009 2:46 PM, Paul Gilbert wrote:
>>> I was trying to subscribe to an RSS feed from
>>> <http://developer.r-project.org/RSSfeeds.html> but IE chokes on DTDs and
>>> Firefox also has trouble with this feed. (I'm not sure if it has trouble
>>> with DTDs in general.)
>>> I went to one of our web developers to see what I should use to read the
>>> feed, and he pointed out that the mix of RSS 2.00 and rss-0.91 looks
>>> like a mistake:
>>> <!-- name="generator" content="blosxom/2.0" -->
>>> <!DOCTYPE rss PUBLIC "-//Netscape Communications//DTD RSS 2.00//EN"
>>> "http://www.rssboard.org/rss-0.91.dtd">
>>> and that DTDs are a little bit unusual in RSS feeds (but said it is not
>>> impossible). I'm a complete novice in this, just pointing it out in case
>>> it is a bug.
>> I agree it's a bug, but I'm also a novice here (even though I set up the
>> feed!)
>> If your web developer (or anyone else on this list) can suggest what the
>> header should look like, I'll fix it.
>> Duncan Murdoch
>>> Paul

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