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Make rss feed

by rustyjuggler (Initiate)
on Oct 11, 2006 at 18:49 UTC ( #577693=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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I am trying to make a rss feed with XML::RSS on ActivePerl on windows. I want to get a url for a comic (image) from the internet and add this to a feed. I manage to find the url and make a feed with the link, but not a feed that shows the image. I use XML::RSS, but can't seem to add an image link to each item. Other feeds use the <guid> tag for images, but I don't know how to add that to the feed. Any ideas?

Anders, Norway

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Re: Make rss feed
by idsfa (Vicar) on Oct 11, 2006 at 19:53 UTC

    You are reading the RSS definition incorrectly. guid is a globally unique identifier (glossary). Images in an rss feed are stored in an <image> element, which is a peer to the <item> element. See, for example Yahoo news' RSS feed (xml document).

    An example from the docs:

    use XML::RSS; my $rss = new XML::RSS (version => '2.0'); $rss->channel(title => '', link => '', description => 'the one-stop-shop for all your software n +eeds', ); $rss->image(title => '', url => '', link => '', width => 88, height => 31, description => 'This is the Freshmeat image stupid' ); $rss->add_item(title => "GTKeyboard 0.85", # creates a guid field with permaLink=true permaLink => " +html", # alternately creates a guid field with permaLink=false # guid => "gtkeyboard-0.85 enclosure => { url=>$url, type=>"application/x-bittorrent" } +, description => 'blah blah' );

    The intelligent reader will judge for himself. Without examining the facts fully and fairly, there is no way of knowing whether vox populi is really vox dei, or merely vox asinorum. — Cyrus H. Gordon

      Sorry for the bad question. I wanted to have a picture in every item, but I figured it out.

      If you add something like this to the description it works:
      &lt;img src=" (image link) " border="0" /&gt;
      So I see I misunderstood where the link that actually insert the pictures in the items where on the feed I looked at.

      Thanks for the help
      Anders, Norway

Re: Make rss feed
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on Oct 11, 2006 at 19:17 UTC
        Any ideas?

    Not unless you post some code and/or an example of the XML you are trying to parse out.

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