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Mon, 11 Jun 2007 16:16:57 GMT
Reporting This & That

This blog entry discusses how best you can test your RSS software for proper encoding/decoding and report the results to me. I'm separating this document into two parts; publishers and readers. The section on publishers will target blogging systems; Wordpress, Blogger, etc. The section on readers will target RSS readers; My Yahoo!, iGoogle, etc.

Publishers

Testing an RSS publishing system involves the following steps.

  1. Create a first blog entry. Attempt to put the title "This & That" (no quotes) and the body "This & That" (no quotes). 
  2. Create a second blog entry. Attempt to put the title "This &amp; That" (no quotes) and the body "This &amp; That" (no quotes).
  3. Compile the following information
    1. URL of blog
    2. Name of blogging software
    3. Version of blogging software
    4. Title and body that appear in both blogging entries
    5. RSS feed
    6. Your name and address (web or email)
    7. Notes of any other related problems.
  4. You can email me (randy@kbcafe.com) the result or paste them in the comments below.

Readers

Testing an RSS reader involves the following steps.

  1. Subscribe to test case #1 [http://www.therssweblog.com/thisandthat.1.xml].
  2. Subscribe to test case #2 [http://www.therssweblog.com/thisandthat.2.xml ].
  3. Compile the following information
    1. Name of the RSS software
    2. Version of the RSS software
    3. Title of both feeds, title and body of both items as they appear in your RSS reader
    4. Your name and address (web or email)
    5. Notes of any related problems.
  4. You can email me (randy@kbcafe.com) the result or paste them in the comments below.

All entries will be entered into a draw ($20 at Amazon). The person who submits the most entries also wins ($30 at Amazon). Points are awarded as follows; 1 for entries with no bugs, 2 for entries with bugs, 1 for corrections and bonus points for amount of detail.

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