[Mediawiki-l] "Recent Changes" RSS Feed from a Protected Wiki
nhoeller at sinet.ca
Wed May 23 22:51:53 UTC 2007
Jim, thanks for the pointers! Since I am looking for an RSS reader that
is not browser-dependent, I downloaded SharpReader. It successfully
picked up a protected TypePad RSS feed, recognizing that it required
authentication and prompting me for the access userid/password.
When I tried to open the MediaWiki RSS feed, it failed with "Error parsing
RSS XML: Undefined root element: html". I had SharpReader validate the
feed. The HTML code that it dumped out was the Special:Userlogin page
(line 55 was "<h1 class="firstHeading">Login Required</h1>"). I don't
think it recognized that this was a protected feed.
The reason I'm having this problem is that the Wiki implementation
requires a login for both edit/create and read. RSSBandit has no problems
with a Wiki where anyone can read the content, since no authentication is
required for the RSS feed.
> I know you want to use RSSBandit, but you may want to try some other
> first, just to check. I'm not convinced that RSSBandit will handle HTTP
> authentication requests properly (though it by all means should).
> I've had good experiences using the NewsFox Firefox extension as well as
> SharpReader Windows client. My advice is to try a few more clients to
> how well they deal with your feeds, and if it's just RSSBandit that
> choking, it may be time to switch.
> -- Jim
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