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Windows RSS Platform Overviews

This section offers conceptual overview material for the Windows RSS Platform, which is an API of objects for managing and accessing Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds.

Overviews

Events in the Windows RSS Platform

The Windows RSS Platform includes a rich eventing subsystem that developers can use to listen for and respond to feed and folder events. This topic provides design and implementation details of the Windows RSS Platform. Although the emphasis is on the early-bound interfaces (IXFeed*), the event methods apply equally to the Component Object Model (COM) automation interfaces (IFeed*).

Using the Windows RSS Platform

This topic introduces the Windows RSS Platform, an API that developers can use to manipulate the Common Feed List, the set of feeds to which the user is subscribed. The properties and methods are categorized to provide a technical overview of the platform and its functionality.

What's New for the Windows RSS Platform

The Windows RSS Platform was updated for Windows Internet Explorer 8. This page provides a brief overview of new features.

Simple List Extensions

RSS represents more than an aggregation and notification for news and blog sites. It is also about interacting with items and lists of items. The Simple List Extensions are designed as extensions to existing feed formats to make exposing ordered lists of items easier and more accessible to users.

Simple List Extensions Specification

This specification was previously published on the XML Developer Center.

Simple Sharing Extensions for Atom and RSS

This specification was previously published on the XML Developer Center.

Simple Sharing Extensions for RSS and OPML

This specification was previously published on the XML Developer Center.

Understanding the Feed Download Engine

The Feed Download Engine is used for downloading RSS feeds from Web sites. This overview explains how the Feed Download Engine works and how to control it through the Windows RSS Platform

Valid Feed and Folder Names

The Common Feed List subscription store caches the XML of a feed in a file with the same name. Because of the limits on file names imposed by the file system, certain characters are not allowed by the Windows RSS Platform in feed and folder names. This topic discusses conventions and limitations of valid names.

Samples

ScreenSaver Sample

The Screensaver sample is a complete application that demonstrates how to search the Common Feed List for RSS feed items that contain images as enclosures, and display those images on the screen along with the headline and text of the item. Based on the Windows screensaver that is available as part of the Microsoft Visual C# Starter Kit, the sample incorporates the functionality of the Windows RSS Platform.

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