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Christina's LIS Rant
Sunday, June 26, 2005
  RSS everywhere courtesy of Microsoft?
I blogged in May about Longhorn and XML. In Dale's lecture Tuesday there were at least two newsletter writers/web site content managers who had been informed by their users that they needed to provide RSS (yay, go users!) and didn't really know how to go about it.

At this point I was glad I wasn't the speaker -- because I don't really know how to answer that yet short of using a blog to generate a feed automatically. The scraper I tried once didn't work well at all and like most users, I wouldn't really think about trying to manually make my own. (there are a couple of books on it but who's got the time?)

I asked Dale if he'd heard anything about the new Longhorn being XML based and if it would have anything in it that would allow users to create feeds from Words like we can currently create other web documents....

Turns out I was just a few days ahead of my time. MS is apparently bigtime into RSS now with the new versions. The best way to learn about what they plan to do is to watch the hour-long video on Channel 9. I have some notes below but the post gives you time marks to forward to if you only want to see one part of the video.

Channel 9 post.

Hour long video.

Some features they talked about on the video:
More on the IE blog about the announcement.

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