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Section of Feed Name of Field Description of Feed Required / Optional
Feed (Channel)    
Title The name for the feed. required
Description A phrase or sentence that describes the feed. Required
Link The URL for the webpage containing information that directly relates to the feed. Required
PubDate The date and time when the feed's content is to be published. Some feed readers may choose not to display a feed until its Pub Date has arrived. optional (FeedForAll will create this for users)
Skip Hours Hours of the day (0 = midnight) that feed readers do not need to check for changes in the feed. Feed readers can use this to save time when checking for updates. Optional
Skip Days Days of the week that feed readers do not need to check for changes in the feed. Feed readers can use this to save time when checking for updates. Optional
Language The language the feed is written in. optional
Category Some RSS directories allow users to search for feeds that they are interested in, by category. You can create your own categories, but typically you will want to use a more standard predefined category. DMOZ is probably the most popular category system.

Example DMOZ category:
Computers/Internet/On_the_Web/Weblogs/Tools If a predefined category is used (i.e. from DMOZ), you should set the category domain field to point to the category system's website.

Example DMOZ domain: http://www.dmoz.org Both the Category and Domain fields are optional.
Optional
Cloud The Cloud settings enable a feed reader to register with a cloud server, to receive notification when a feed has changed. This removes the need for the reader to periodically access the feed to check for updates. Several pieces of information need to be entered to setup you feed for a cloud server.

Domain
The domain name or IP address of the cloud server.

Port
The TCP/IP port number that the cloud server is running on.

Path
The location of the cloud server's responder.

Reg Proc
Registration Procedure - the name of the procedure to call to request notification.

Protocol
The protocol to use to communicate with the cloud server (xml-rpc, soap, or http-post).

All the cloud fields are optional.
Text Input The Text Input settings allows a data entry box to be displayed within your feed. It can be used to collect information from the reader, or act on data they enter. Not all feed readers support this option. Several pieces of information need to be entered to setup a Text Input box in your feed.

Title
A title for the Text Input box.

Description
A short description of what the user should enter into the Text Input box.

Name
The variable name assigned to the input box.

Link
The URL to a CGI program that is to receive the data from the Text Input box.

Including a Text Input with your feed is optional. However, if you enter information is any Text Input field, then you must enter proper information into all the Text Input fields.
Webmaster The e-mail address for the person responsible for technical issues relating to the feed. Optional
Editor Managing Editor
The e-mail address for the person responsible for the feed's content.
Optional
Copyright Copyright notice for the contents of the feed. Optional
Rating A Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS) rating tag. More information on the format of the rating tag can be found here: http://www.w3.org/PICS/ optional
Docs The URL for a webpage that describes the specification for this version of the RSS format. Optional
TTL Time To Live
The number of minutes that the feed is allowed to be cached by a server (other than the actual server the feed is posted on), before the feed needs to be refreshed. This value is used by services that cache RSS feeds.
Optional
Item   Each feed must contain at least one valid item entry.
Title The headline for the item's content. every feed must have atleast a title or description (or both)
Description A summary of the full content that the item was created to represent.
Link The URL for the webpage, or for the section of a webpage, that contains the item's full content. Feed readers will typically display the webpage described by this URL, when a user clicks on the item. Optional
Pub Date The date and time when the item is to be made available. Some feed readers may choose not to display an item until its Pub Date date has arrived. Optional (FeedForAll will create this for users)
Category Some RSS directories allow users to search for feed items that they are interested in, by category. You can create your own categories, but typically you will want to use a more standard predefined category. DMOZ is probably the most popular category system.

 

Example DMOZ category: Computers/Internet/On_the_Web/Weblogs/Tools If a predefined category is used (i.e. from DMOZ), you should set the category domain field to point to the category system's website.

Example DMOZ domain: http://www.dmoz.org Both the Category and Domain fields are optional.

Optional
GUID Globally Unique Identifier
A string that uniquely identifies the item. When present, a feed reader may choose to use this string to determine if an item is new.

When the 'Is Perma Link' box is checked, feed readers will assume that the GUID is a unique URL for the item, and can be opened to display the full contents for the item.
both GUID fields are optional
Source If the item was obtained from another feed, then the source feed's information can be entered here.

Source
The title of the feed that the item came from.

URL Optional

The URL to the RSS feed that the item came from.
Including a Source with your feed is optional. However, if you enter information into the source field, then you must also include information in the URL field.
Enclosure Information about a file that is to be included with the item.

URL
The URL for the file.

Length
The length of the file (in bytes).

Type

The MIME type of the file.
Including an Enclosure with your feed is optional. However, if you enter information is any Enclosure field, then you must enter proper information into all the Enclosure fields.
Author The email address of the author of the item. Typically, this field is only used if the author is different than the feed's Editor (Managing Editor). optional
Comments The URL for a webpage containing (or accepting) comments relating to this item. Optional
Images   Each feed can have an image associated with it. Feed readers typically display this image with the feed's title. Optional
Title Typically the same text as the feed's Title. If an image is to be included with the feed, then this field is required.
  Description The description is used for the HTML 'title' attribute of the image. Optional
  Link The URL for the webpage that directly relates to the feed. This is typically the same URL as the feed's Link field. If an image is to be included with the feed, then this field is required.
  URL The URL for the image file. Images can be in the following formats: .gif, .jpg, .png If an image is to be included with the feed, then this field is required.
  Width The width of the image (in pixels). The default width for a RSS image is 88. The maximum allowed width is 144. Optional
  Height The height of the image (in pixels). The default height for a RSS image is 31. The maximum allowed height is 400. Optional