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RSS Parser and Generator Overview

The RSS Parser performs the following functions:

  • Syntax checks an RSS file to make sure that it conforms to the DTD (Document Type Definition). A nice DTD tutorial can be found at http://www.w3schools.com/dtd/default.asp.
  • Performs feature extraction
  • Generates HTML using the extracted features

When creating RSS content for the Penn State Portal, you have two options:

  • Do it yourself
    • To create your own RSS content, use the specifications set forth in the DTD and a simple text editor.
    • Free and commercial text editors can be found at http://freshmeat.net/browse/63/.
  • Use the Portal RSS Generator Tool

RSS Generator Tool

The RSS Generator is an easy-to-use Web-based tool that allows you to quickly and easily create RSS channels for the Portal. The RSS Generator stores group and channel information in a DB2 database. After you create your RSS channel, the generator invokes the RSS parser to convert the channel to HTML.

The RSS Generator lets you create both simple and role-based channels for the Penn State Portal.

Simple Channels

  • Simple channels contain your most up-to-date content.

Role-Based Channels

  • Role-based channels are typically in a group.
  • Roles are defined via LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol), our method for providing directory information, determine which channel to display.
  • Role-based channels us a consistent naming convention. For example, CSUP01 through CSUP09. In this case, the CSUP01 naming convention identifies the channel as "Career Services, University Park, first semester".

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Last revised: Monday, September 1, 2003.