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developerWorks: Use Universal Feed Parser to tame RSS

Dec 22, 2004, 10:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Uche Ogbuji)

"XML is all about standards, but it's not always easy to get everyone to play ball according to the rules. The Web is famous for all the pages that flout HTML and XHTML standards, and this has been the cause of many widely discussed problems. Dave Raggett of the W3C came to the rescue with the popular tool Tidy, which translates 'tag soup' (careless and ill-formed HTML) into well-formed XHTML. RSS is another example of theoretical standards undermined by chaotic reality. To make things worse, RSS has many competing standards--several of which are very different from each other. Following in the footsteps of Raggett, Mark Pilgrim developed Universal Feed Parser, which in his words is 'an ultra-liberal RSS parser.' But it is more than just that..."

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