Scripting News: What is a River of News aggregator?
Michael Wolff on the future of The Guardian.
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As I said yesterday, I'm working on an RSS engine in node.js.
"image" is not a valid type. It has to be a MIME type like image/gif or image/png.
And length must be specified and correct. Omitting it or setting it to zero is wrong. It's really easy to make a HEAD request to get that information and put it in your feed.
Today's background image is a lovely collection of vegetables.
Shut up and eat your vegetables is a slogan stolen from my old friend Chuck Shotton. It was the slogan of his website or his email signature, or perhaps just Chuck's slogan about life. There is a fair amount of shutting up and eating your vegetables in modern life.
Another use-case for vegetables is the wonderful Frank Zappa song, Call Any Vegetable.
I love to play with background images here on Scripting News but sometimes for some people they are too much. So you can turn them on or off using the commands in the Links menu at the top of every page.
The RSS enclosure element has three required attributes: url, length and type. But some feed developers fake it by putting in zero for the length. It's actually a violation of the spec, it says the values must be correct, but we'd rather not reject enclosures for this reason alone. This American Life is an example of a feed that punts on trying to put the correct value in the enclosure length attribute.