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Chapter 9. Using Feeds > Using RSS Feeds Inside Another Site

9.1. Using RSS Feeds Inside Another Site

Because RSS feeds change independently of the rest of the content within your page, the most sensible method of displaying the feed is to treat it as an inclusion. There are two ways of doing this: as a server-side include (SSI), in which your server inserts the parsed RSS feed into the correct place inside your page, or as a client-side include, in which you rely on your user's browser to do the same.

Server-side inclusion depends on settings within your server's configuration. If you have neither control of your own server, nor a friendly system administrator who might be bribed to turn it on for you, you're out of luck here. Client-side inclusion depends on your user's browser allowing the execution of JavaScript. Most do, but some people keep it turned off for security reasons. Anyone using browsers without JavaScript (and this might include PDAs and web-television systems) will not be able to see the feed. You will have to account for this in your design process.


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