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   Re: RSS and WAP - another RSS question

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  • From: Ian Davis <iand@fdc.co.uk>
  • To: Sean McGrath <digitome@iol.ie>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 09:11:33 +0000

On Sunday, November 28, 1999, 4:21:11 PM, Sean wrote:

> Yes, I've seen the description field but the data I have seen
> populating description fields has really fitted into the concept
> of an abstract. I don't want to abuse the <description> element
> by using it for something it was not intended for.

You might want to take a look at OCS [1], which is way of describing
directories of channels,  i.e. metadata for channels. Each channel
entry contains a description of the channel, categorisation and
contact details. Each channel can have multiple formats (RSS,
ScriptingNews, Avantgo, plain text, etc) each with their own
publishing schedules.

It's used currently by a number of channel providers and readers such
as XMLTree [2], Carmen's Headline Viewer [3] and StartsHere [4].

It should be easy enough to parse OCS for a WAP phone (in fact I
already do it indirectly at StartsHere [5])

I'm working on the next version (0.5) which will tidy up some of the
syntax. I'm also soliciting for any additional features people have for
the format - just mail them to me and I'll see how they fit.


Internet Alchemy - http://InternetAlchemy.org/

[1] http://InternetAlchemy.org/ocs/
[2] http://www.xmltree.com/export/ocs.cfm
[3] http://www.vertexdev.com/HeadlineViewer
[4] http://theweb.startshere.net/channels.phtml?format=OCS
[5] http://theweb.startshere.net/channels.phtml?format=WML

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