On Feb 9, 2006, at 5:48 PM, Clinton Gallagher wrote:
My mistake, I did not remember to include the footnotes, where 
the "An Example Feed" section in the iTunes specification and 
the RSS 2.0 specification where my concerns are specific to "Requires
Channel Elements"  and "Elements of <item>" .
I appreciate your providing that missing information. I can thus
note that the current version of the spec says:
Creating an RSS feed (an XML file) that:
conforms to the RSS 2.0 specification
Thus, I am somewhat mystified by your comment:
What is missing is conformity to the RSS 2.0 specification which
the channel to have <title>,<link> and <description> elements. The
example does not include a <description> element.
If this is what is troubling you, let me be explicit:
- the spec is normative (what 'should' be done)
- the example is *illustrative* (what 'may' be done)
- if the two conflict, go with the spec
I had thought this common practice, and generally understood. I
apologize for the confusion.
Finally, my software generates valid results which conform to the
specification. My software also generates all of the optional channels
elements. I also need to know if channel and items generated by my
will choke the iTunes parser if my software generates most if not
all of the
other RSS 2.0 optional elements.
The spec encourages people to create conforming RSS 2.0 documents.
If you do that, and your feed fails, please file a bug (as explained
in the FAQ). If you want to know what is proven to work, please look
at the many, many podcasts already available.
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