Automatic Discovery of RSS feeds (NEW! Updated Three Times)
by Ben Hammersley
Two days ago, Matt Griffith has come up with the smart idea of using the HTML link element to point to a site's RSS feed from the site itself - thus allowing automatic discovery of RSS feeds.
By adding a line like this:
<link rel="alternate" type="text/xml" title="XML" href="http://rss.benhammersley.com/index.rss" />
a site would be providing metadata as to the location of its feed - and this would allow newsreaders, browsers and search engines to automatically locate the feed.
As Mark says, "If we can persuade existing weblog authors to insert this one line of code, and then get it into the default templates of Radio, Manila, and Movable Type, and we could make news aggregation an order of magnitude easier."
There is much good thinking about this to be found at today's DiveintoMark
UPDATE TWO: Syndic8 is now on the memewagon. All of the feed info pages now have their very own <link> tags pointing back to the feed shown on the page. And so is Meerkat. Also,
Bloxsom has also been updated to add the correct code.