The FeedSlider uses some quite complicated code behind the scenes, which can be used to read a raw feed and convert the Atom or RSS code into reusable HTML code. FeedSlider can be used with most common types of Atom or RSS feeds, however those which contain invalid XML code are less likely to work. If you plan on using the FeedSlider stack in conjunction with a specific feed, it would certainly be worthwhile downloading and trying the free demo version first. From tests done by other users, it was found that the FeedSlider stack has about a half-and-half success rate.
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- Once installed, drag and drop a FeedSlider stack into your page.
- In the settings panel on the righthand side, enter the URL of the feed you wish to use.
- Any of the other settings presented relating to style and layout can be changed as well (if required).
You can safely use more than one FeedSlider stack on the same page, and it is also possible to @import the FeedSlider stack into another page, a slider or a header region. The page file extension can be left as .html in the RapidWeaver Site Setup window. Generally the FeedStack will parse and present each item with a title, date and content. You have options to switch any of these items off, if they are surplus to requirements. A basic array of style settings are provided - these override any styles the RapidWeaver theme you're using may be trying to apply. You can style the FeedSlider yourself using the
.feedSliderselector name. If you want to apply styling to individual feed items, the
.feedItemWrapperselector name can be used in your code.
When a page using FeedSlider is printed, all of the cycling items within FeedSlider will be shown on the print or PDF output.
Getting an RSS feed URLGetting a URL for a feed sounds easy, but it is slightly difficult, depending on how you have got your computer configured to handle XML feeds like RSS. Often clicking a feed link in a web browser will automatically subscribe you to the feed or open it in an external viewer (ultimately hiding the URL from you). In such instances, you may need to try a different web browser like Firefox or Opera which handle feeds differently. Some RSS software like NetNewsWire will display a feed URL when you are about to subscribe to a new feed.
To get the URL of an existing feed you have already subscribed to in NetNewsWire, select the feed name from the sidebar on the left. Click the Show Info button in the top toolbar (or CMD + i). In the new window which opens, click on the URL disclosure triangle and then copy the feed URL presented (CMD + C). Here are two feed URL's you can experiment with:
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