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Hi,

I am trying to create an RSS feed/link on my site.
When I open the site in IE7 and click on the RSS feed link [using the RSS feeder in IE7] I get the oppotunity to subscribe.
But when I click on the link or try to drag it into my reader after opening the site in IE6, just the xml code shows!

The RSS reader we're using for IE 6 is RSSReader 1.0.88.0
Anyone know why this happening?

Here is the link on my site:
href="rackstar.xml#" alt="click here for RSS feed" />

Xml for RSS feed:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
- <rss version="2.0">
- <channel>
  <title>Infrastructure Team Intranet</title>
  <link>http://intra.ebu.eua.mitsui.com</link>
  <description>Rackstar Project</description>
  <pubDate>Wed, 08 Oct 2008 14:29:31 +0100</pubDate>
  <docs>http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss</docs>
  <ttl>1440</ttl>
  <generator>RSSeditor v0.9.54 (http://www.rss-info.com)</generator>
- <image>
  <url>http://intra.ebu.eua.mitsui.com/rss_header.jpg</url>
  <title>Rackstar</title>
  <link>http://intra.ebu.eua.mitsui.com/rss_header.jpg</link>
  </image>
- <item>
  <title>Rackstar</title>
  <link>http://intra.emea.eua.mitsui.com</link>
  <author>D. Jones</author>
- <description>
- <![CDATA[ <P>new content test</P>  
  ]]>
  </description>
  </item>
  </channel>
  </rss>

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by:Onthrax
ID: 22674056
IE6 doesn't have the 'smart' functionality that firefox and IE7 has. IE6 users will need to copy/paste the XML link manually in their feed reader. Some feed readers will monitor IE6 to catch XML files though.
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by:systems_mitsui
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Thanks Onthrax,

do you know of a reder that monitors IE6 so it will catch the xml Files.

It's just we want to implement an Intranet site and IE6 is default browser [I know!] within the company and we want to use RSS. So if you know of a reader that works we  can push that out to our users as standard

B.T.W. on the BBC site do they have a differnt set up where if you click on an RSS feed say for the three day weather you get the xml feed page displayed correctly. How does this work as I have ie6 on mymachine?

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by:Onthrax
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I do not have experience with an rss reader of that kind (had no need for it so never bothered) but a simple google search shows for example:

http://www.deskshare.com/awr.aspx
"An advanced Auto Discovery feature enables you                          to find RSS feeds while you browse websites                          using Internet Explorer. When RSS feeds are                          discovered, you can select and add them to                          Active Web Reader. The Import and Export Wizard                          lets you import feeds from any standard OPML                          directory or file. You can also share your feeds                          by exporting them to an OPML file. "

Where do you see the rss feed on the BBC site?
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by:systems_mitsui
ID: 22676663
Go to the five day forcast and there you can select the RSS feed for 3 days
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Onthrax earned 2000 total points
ID: 22676737
It seems one can style the layout of an rss (XML) page. I had no idea this was possible.


The XML file of BBC starts with the following code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="http://feeds.bbc.co.uk/weather/feeds/rss/weather.xsl"?>
<rss version="2.0"
 xmlns:blogChannel="http://backend.userland.com/blogChannelModule"
 xmlns:geo="http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/wgs84_pos#"
 xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom"
>

When one opens the stylesheet located at: http://feeds.bbc.co.uk/weather/feeds/rss/weather.xsl you will see all the elements that will be shown above the actual feed including html and javascript. You could do the same procedure..

Very neat :D
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