2019-04-20 HTML and RSS by hand

Today I sent somebody a few pointers after learning that they were writing their blog by writing HTML into text files, by hand. This still exists! This is still possible! All is not lost. 😀

So what did I tell them? They had the basics of HTML and CSS figured out, so that wasn’t the problem. It was trickier stuff.

How to use the validator to validate the HTML and spot the problems.

Using a DOCTYPE at the top. Closing the list. Stuff that doesn’t show in the browser.

But the reason I had stumbled into this is because I wanted to add their blog to the Old School RPG Planet and had been unable to find the link to the feed. Since they’re writing it all by hand, they didn’t have a feed, obviously.

So I started by telling them how to link to a feed, pointed them at the RSS 2.0 spec (which I find very easy to read), and again, linked them a validator (this time for feeds). And then I explained how to write a feed, of course. One channel element for the site, containing an item element for every podcast, and just focus on these two always containing a title, a link, and a description element. Done! (You’ll still get warnings and suggestions, but no errors, hopefully.)

After all, I also write the feed for my Halberds and Helmets Podcast by hand. 🙂



That sounds so awesome!

Ynas Midgard 2019-04-20 22:59 UTC

Please make sure you contribute only your own work, or work licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. Note: in order to facilitate peer review and fight vandalism, we will store your IP number for a number of days. See Privacy Policy for more information. See Info for text formatting rules. You can edit the comment page if you need to fix typos. You can subscribe to new comments by email without leaving a comment.

To save this page you must answer this question:

Please say HELLO.