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08:39:35 PM
Written By : Richard SchwartzCategory : Social Software
Location : Nashua, NH

I started using BlogDigger recently, and I've added RSS feeds for the following queries:

Until a few days ago, all of these feeds were working fine. Then they stopped. They added adverstisments to their feeds, and they also added a feedback link. The feedback link includes the original query information, and they forgot to entity-encode or urlencode the quotes. I just sent them the following email message:


Your XML is not valid because of the link you have added for feedback on your advertisements.


Specifically, if the search query includes quotation marks, the XML will look like this...


<p> This ad is brought to you by the Blogdigger Advertising Network, and helps support Blogdigger's free services.<br/> Please feel free to <a href="http://www.blogdigger.com/feedback.jsp?q="lotus domino&amp;adid=1" target="_blank">give us feedback</a> about this ad to help us improve our system.<br/> </p>


That results in the following error from the XML parser in Firefox.


XML Parsing Error: not well-formed Location: http://www.blogdigger.com/rss.jsp?q=%22lotus+domino%22&sortby=date Line Number 29, Column 72:Please feel free to <a href="http://www.blogdigger.com/feedback.jsp?q="lotus domino"&adid=1" target="_blank">give us feedback about this ad to help us improve our system.<br/> -----------------------------------------------------------------------^

IE's parser throws a similar error. Since my home-grown aggregator uses the same Microsoft XML parser that is in IE, I'm unable to read the feeds for the queries I want to do.


-rhs

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1. Greg Gershman09/03/2005 10:10:14 PM
Homepage: http://www.blogdigger.com


Richard,

My sincerest apologies; if you can hear that loud sound, it's us collectively smacking ourselves in the forehead.

I've gone back and recoded those sections, and we are retesting them. If you see anything else that looks out of place, please email me directly.

And thanks for posting this, it is much appreciated!




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