Update to MozillaZine Channel at MyNetscape
Wednesday July 28th, 1999
If you're a MyNetscape user, and you have the MozillaZine channel on your page, you have a new option available to you. Visit your MyNetscape page, and click the "Customize Channel" icon (the little face) on the toolbar of the mozillaZine channel. On the page that comes up, click the checkbox beside "Show descriptions for links if available", then click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page. This will enable the new link description feature, which allows brief text summaries to accompany the links in the channel. If you don't have the mozillaZine channel, and want to add the channel to your MyNetscape page, just click the link on the navbar at right.
Also, if you're interested in creating your own channel for MyNetscape, visit the My Netscape Network area. To help you out, they now use the MozillaZine channel to illustrate the process of creating your own channel. Also, if you're interested in seeing the actual MozillaZine RDF file used for the mozillaZine channel, click here.
If I am not mistaken, the my netscape channel files are not RDF. They certainly don't look like RDF files (which don't have as much nesting AFAIK). Also, the mozilazine RDF file does not even use an RDF namespace.
Does anyone know why netscape was calling the channel files RDF files before?
The channel file was RDF in .90, and did use the RDF namespace, and I'm curious as to why it changed, and why it still accepts files with the .rdf extension. It's quite possible that I should have changed the extension to something else, but I didn't read that far, because when I upgraded to the .91 syntax, it worked correctly with the .rdf extension.
From memory (I may be wrong), but the old format only used the rdf tag as the root element.
Usually RDF documents have the RDF element as the root element, then a number of description elements with the about attribute set to whatever is being described. The description element would then contain elements from another namespace that give information about what is being described.
Of course, my knowledge of RDF is mainly derived from how it is used in the rpmfind system, so I may have missed some details.
I think the original intention was to make the format RDF and some of that carried over into RSS 0.9, but it wasn't 'real' RDF. The latest version has dropped the pretence and gone for straight XML