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By Chris Williams. Published: 3rd Jan 2003, 00:24:53 | Permalink | Printable

New !RSS 1.14 out. And just when drobe.co.uk gets an RSS feed

Released yesterday was version 1.14 of Justin Fletcher's !RSS application, a handy desktop application that fetches and parses RDF Site Summary files from websites, presenting the user with an idea as to what's new or updated on the sites. News websites such as Slashdot and The Register provide RSS feeds that list their top headlines. Any site can use them to describe briefly what's changed and when, even online diary sites use them.

Version 1.14 features according to Justin..

  • The layout of information displayed by !RSS is now a little more configurable, with various styles of presenting RSS items.
  • Improved region checking when clicking on links.
  • Site images are now supported through ImageFileRender, a RISC OS Select module. If you don't have Select then images are ignored.

"RSS is a little application which began life as a test or example of the use of the ParseXML module. Over the past few days it has grown up a little and gained a decent icon", Justin informed us in an email.

screenshot of !RSS

You'll be pleased to know that Drobe Launchpad finally has an RSS feed that we just recently finalised and made public at http://www.drobe.co.uk/rss.php. !RSS is pretty handy for fetching our feed to see what's new on our site and new to RISC OS.


RSS 1.14 and lots of other XML goodies

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with justin, we have the hope and lots of special toys, Alice Clar (my special friend} enjoys these treats

 is a RISC OS Useravid on 3/1/03 1:57AM
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This may be me being pedantic, but don't RSS feeds have the file extension .rss, not .php?

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 3/1/03 11:42AM
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File extensions don't matter on a RISC OS portal. Live with it.


 is a RISC OS Usertakkaria on 3/1/03 12:44PM
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File extensions shouldn't matter on the web - whether it's a RISC OS portal or not. The MIME type for .../rss.php is being returned as "text/xml" - which sounds about right for an RSS feed.

 is a RISC OS UserJaffa on 3/1/03 1:58PM
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Where can you get the versions of the URL modules (eg. AcornHTTP) that it asks for? (Call me stupid if you like)

 is a RISC OS Userhutchies on 3/1/03 3:39PM
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They should be in modern Boot sequences (ie: the Universial Boot or the RISC OS 4.xx Boot). If you're still on RISC OS 3, you can get them in the System zipfile at:


Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 3/1/03 6:07PM
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Nah, the URL modules are not in the above URL nor are they in RISC OS 4 or SELECT as standard.

Ok, how *does* one get hold of the AcornHTTP, Gopher, modules?

I seem to only have File and URL.

IIRC they were only available for purchasers of !Browser. And that's no longer commerically available.

 is a RISC OS Userquatermass on 3/1/03 7:54PM
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Oh pardon my mistake. Allow me to hold your hand:


Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 3/1/03 10:22PM
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like the hutchies call, but now we have the special builders - that is good. the Christ at drobe knows the good things, he prods the way. the link works to provide complete files. -- Avid Bracznec

 is a RISC OS Useravid on 4/1/03 1:26AM
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Right Chris, very funny, thanks for that link.

Because I spend over 30 mins on Castle's web site trying to find this mysterious bunch of files.

Where is this URL linked from Castles' pages. Because I couldn't find it!

 is a RISC OS Userquatermass on 4/1/03 11:39AM
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Ok, I've now tried !RSS.

It doesn't work with Fresco.

Easy for the author to add this though.

BTW, the article above says !RSS works with 'The Register'. However it seems not to. Is it RSS or the RDF file I wonder? :-)

 is a RISC OS Userquatermass on 4/1/03 12:15PM
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The Register generates RDF files which are broken. You just have to wait until the articles which are broken have been outdated. This usually takes a week or so.

Look at the XML and you'll see the 'C&W boss' on one of the titles. The ampersand must be escaped. As provided, that's not a well-formed XML document and as such is rejected by the parser.

At some point, I'll export the error reported by the module to the UI, but it doesn't seem too important.

Complain to El Reg, if you like. I've mentioned it in the past, I believe, but I haven't had any reply - they do say that they are working on the feeds on the page that links the RDF file.

 is a RISC OS UserGerph on 4/1/03 7:24PM
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