Safari RSS automatic discovery woes

What did I learn today? Well thanks to Kelvin. I learned if you want Safari RSS (Safari 2.0) to automaticly discovery your RSS feeds which you have put into the head of a html page. You will need something like this…

< link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0" href="" />

Important things to notice. If you use a type of application/rdf+xml Safari will ignore it. Do not put Alternative as the rel attribute if you want it to work. The funny thing is every single other RSS reader I have used and seen finds rdf feeds using application/rdf+xml no problem. Even Firefox does not have a problem with this attribute type. I have yet to test Safari RSS with ATOM feeds, but I'm deeply concerned that application/atom+xml will not be acceptable for Safari either. Well its only days till OSX 10.4 offically launches here so we shall find out more then. Apple, the little things you always got to do differently…

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