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Enclosure Tags

In the beginning (RSS 0.92), RSS carried attached files (such as MP3 files) to RSS readers through a mechanism called enclosure tags. While most podcast listeners will use one of the podcast clients such as iPodder or iTunes to subscribe to your podcast, you should be prepared for those who are still using an RSS news reader. For them, let’s talk about enclosure tags.

An enclosure tag is one of the optional elements that exists in RSS 2.0. Like so many elements, it provides a way to describe pieces of information beyond the basics of a story link and channel description. <enclosure> is an optional subelement of <item>. Looking back at Listing 9.1, the enclosure tag should be inserted just before the </item> tag for each episode of the podcast.


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