RSS link discovery bookmarklet

Browsers with feed-reading capabilities like IE7 and Firefox indicate the presence of an RSS feed on a site by having an icon flash in the toolbar:

RSS-icon-Firefox
RSS-icon-IE7

They’re not triggered by an actual link (a href = “…”) in the page, but by some html in the head of the page, and was proposed some 4 years ago to make subscribing to rss feeds more user-friendly:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title=”RSS” href=”http://pascal.vanhecke.info/feed/”>

 A feed reader  just needs a regular page url (like http://pascal.vanhecke.info/), and will figure out for you where the corresponding RSS feed is (at http://pascal.vanhecke.info/feed/ in this example). 

20060409_bookmarklet_display_feedsIE7 and Firefox hide this “complexity” for the user, but sometimes you simply need this actual feed url, to use in code, or to have a look at the RSS source itself.  Then this RSS discovery bookmarklet by Martin Dittus comes in very handy: just a click displays the available feeds –  see my install instructions for a Google Bookmarklet if you’re not yet familiar with bookmarklets.

4 Responses to “RSS link discovery bookmarklet”

  1. Roel Says:

    Nice bookmarklet! Recently, I wrote a little DOM script that does about the same thing, but I used maybe twice as much code to get the job done. The hardest thing with bookmarklets is that you have to cram everything in such a small space.

  2. Mark Says:

    Opera display it also

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  4. Gordon Murray Says:

    I’d like to see bookmarklets divided up into those that work on my IE7 rather than testing each one.