May 13, 2007

XML Question

By Michael J. Totten

I have a question for those of you who are more techie than I am.

Is it possible for me to provide an XML feed for syndication that includes the entire text of an entry? Right now the only available feed excerpts the first sentence or so, and I don’t want to upgrade the blog (from Movable Type 2.64) if I don’t have to.


UPDATE: Fixed thanks to RG in the comments.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at May 13, 2007 09:41 PM

I'm not exactly an MT expert, but a quick bit of Googling seems to suggest that changing the "MTEntryExcerpt" tag to "MTEntryBody" in your RSS template will do the trick...

Posted by: RG at May 13, 2007 09:55 PM

Hi, Michael.

Yes. Look into using the Atom syndication format. Here is a summary:

The "atom:content" element can contain the body of the article or blog posting (or whatever).

Note that Google has embraced Atom, and most "RSS readers" and feed aggregators can handle both RSS and Atom.

Unfortunately, MT 2.65 is the version that added Atom support, but there might be some kind of feed template or hack that you could use.


Posted by: Zvi at May 14, 2007 12:12 AM

In case you want more control on your feed, you can always use , a service that will also let you know how many subscribers you have.

Posted by: Mustapha at May 14, 2007 04:02 AM
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