Convert Any Web Page To an RSS Feed

feed43Ever been to a site that didn’t offer a feed? Well, now you can convert that page into an RSS feed, then subscribe to it using a feed reader. You can use any news reader or online service that supports RSS 2.0 (all of them). Or at least, that’s what they say…

How does it work?

Feed43 engine converts free-form HTML or XML documents to valid RSS feeds by extracting snippets of text or HTML by means of applying search patterns, and then joining these snippets together using output templates to form user-friendly content of feed’s items. The principle of extracting specific data from source documents is also known as “HTML scraping”.

So, I tried it. Might have been the late hour, but I’m going to blame the results on poor documentation, poor documentation and, poor documentation.

Here’s the feed I tried to create: I used Threadwatch as I can never subscribe to that feed.

The preview that I got in the preview window showed some ugly, but useable, links. When I actually tried to read the feed in SharpReader I got nothing but  ‘Threadwatch Latest’ 20 times and no links. I’m not impressed. Way too much work to get a feed and people simply aren’t going to spend the time to learn how to use it.


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