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Link Tag to Enable Auto-Discovery of RSS Files

posted by Krow on 11:52 AM February 21st, 2003   Printer-friendly   Email story
Recently, I have been making small changes to my Slash sites to make them integrate better into the weblog communities dominated by Blogger, Radio from Userland, Movable Type, and similar tools.

I found out that some of the weblog aggregation tools look for a specific link tag in the head portion of a site's home page in order to locate that site's RSS file. This is the kind of thing that can be added to a template without changing any code.

Here's the code itself:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href="__YOUR_RSS_URL__">

For more information about the research I did to arrive at this conclusion, see the article How Weblog Monitors Automatically Discover RSS Feeds on

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