Chapter 5. Creating a Simple Gadget with RSS/Atom Feed

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak"

—Hans Hoffman

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Feed Gadgets

One type of information gadget is the feed gadget, a gadget that uses an online feed to display data. A feed typically uses an XML data format, which contains all the data along with the information about the data—the metadata. A typical feed icon is shown in Figure 5.1.

FIGURE 5.1. A standard feed icon. A website with this icon indicates that the contents are available in the form of RSS syndication.

A feed can be in the form of RSS 2.0 or Atom ...

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