[ Version 0.2 » 9/3/2002 11:26AM ]
Optional <channel> sub-elements
<managingEditor> -- The email address of the managing editor of the channel, the person to contact for editorial inquiries. The suggested format for email addresses in un-typed RSS elements is:
<webMaster> -- The email address of the webmaster for the channel, the person to contact if there are technical problems.
The <managingEditor> and <webMaster> sub-elements may have an optional attribute named "type" indicating how the reader should interpret the specified email address. If the type is "text/plain" the reader should display the specified value as straight text. If the type is "text/html" the reader should display the specified value as HTML. A desktop browser-based news aggregator may choose to only display items whose type is text/html or text/plain. The "type" attribute can be use to prevent spammers from collecting email addresses directly from RSS feeds. Some examples:
<!-- Cloaked email address -->
erik at thauvin dot net
<!-- GIF-based email address -->
<!-- HTML contact form -->
<a href="http://host/contact.html">contact me</a>
<!-- LDAP record pointer -->
<a href="ldap://host/o=abc??sub?(cn=John Doe)">John Doe</a>
<base> -- is the absolute URI of the current channel. Similarly to the <base> tag used in HTML document headers, RSS aggregators will use the channel's base location to properly handle all relative links. For example:
would be automatically interpreted as a pointer to:
Optional <item> sub-elements
<comments> -- is the URL pointing to the location of the readers' comments associated with the current item.
<pubDate> -- is the RFC 2822 formatted date or date-time the current item was published on. Some examples:
<pubDate>Sun, 19 May 2002 15:21:36 GMT</pubDate>
<pubDate>19 May 2002</pubDate>
If the publication date is in the future, aggregators may choose to not display the current item until that date.
<modDate> -- is the RFC 2822 formatted date-time the current item was last modified on. For example:
<modDate>Sun, 19 May 2002 15:21:36 GMT</modDate>
RSS aggreators may choose to not display items with modification dates which fall under a certain interval since the last modification.