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Rule n° 235 - Syndication feeds can be detected by user agents

Your RSS feeds will be consulted all the more as Internet users will be able to access them by the most usual means offered by their browser or aggregator.

#Structure and code #Development


  • Allow browsers to indicate, in their interfaces, the presence of a syndication feed associated with the current page.


Indicate the RSS feed in the head section of the page, using a link element of the type:

<link title="Best practice of the day" href="https://checklists.opquast.com/dailybp/feed" type="application/rss+xml" rel="alternate">.


In the source code of the website pages:

  • Identify the different syndication threads;
  • Check, using Firebug for example, for the appropriate link element (type="application/rss+xml") in the HTML page header;
  • Check that the URL address in the link element displays RSS content.

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Business application and benefits

The rules should be applied to your projects from the design phase through to post-implementation , and they should be understood by all professionals with web and customer experience (CX) responsibilities: from strategy to operations, marketers to project managers, and editorial to technical staff. The benefits of using this ruleset are numerous, including improving customer satisfaction, web performance, and e-commerce, and expanding your client base, while also decreasing your errors and costs.

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