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Registering and publishing with RSS

Registering your RSS channel

My Netscape Network

First you should register with Netscape's Netcenter , since only members can submit a channel. After you've created an RSS 0.91 file, you must validate the file - that is, ensure that it uses the proper tags, syntax and document structure, and that your tags enclose the appropriate type of data. To help you do this, Netscape provides the RSS File Validator Tool, a tool that scans your file and alerts you to any errors it finds.

If the validator tool finds an error in your file, it displays an error code and message that can help you diagnose the problem. Note that the validator tool can only notify you of one error at a time - if you fix the named error and then validate your file again, it is possible that you could get another error with a different code.

Note: You can register only one channel per Netcenter account, and your Rich Site Summary (RSS) 0.91 file must be 8 kilobytes or less in size.

Registration is done like this:

  1. Read and agree to the Terms of Use (if you haven't done so already),
  2. Enter the full URL of your RSS 0.91 file (or the .cgi that generates it)
  3. Select an update frequency for your channel (the interval at which you would like Netscape to retrieve your RSS file).

Before you submit the URL of your file, note that you must have a valid email address associated with your Netcenter account. The email address associated with your account is listed on the screen. Netscape will send important correspondence about the status of your channel to that address.

When you submit the URL of your file, Netscape attempts to validate the file. If your file is not valid, MNN displays an error message on the screen that you can use to diagnose the problem. Consult the Troubleshooting document for more information.

When Netscape successfully retrieves your RSS 0.91 file, you will receive an email message that lets you know that your channel is available. To help make your channel a success, place the "Add this Site" button in a prominent location on your site. Also note that you should place the "Add this Site" button on your site before you can list your channel with other channels in the Netscape Open Directory.

After your channel is up and running, continue to monitor your email account for status messages from Netscape. If at some point Netscape is unable to retrieve your RSS 0.91 file, you will receive an email message stating the error code of the problem.

More on registering.

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Created: Jul 03, 2000
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