[uf-discuss] nested hatom feeds?

David Janes -- BlogMatrix davidjanes at blogmatrix.com
Sat Apr 29 03:04:08 PDT 2006

Chris Casciano wrote:
> A somewhat silly, but practical question on hatom parsing rules and 
> opaqueness...
> Can you nest hatom feeds... and if so will the inner feed be seen as a 
> unique item or will it be hidden from parsers because its inside of the 
> outer feed's content element?

You can nest the feeds, but at this point you can't make any assumptions 
about what the nesting means (i.e. what the relationship between the 
feeds is).

> Real world scenario that brought this up:
> I have a site that doesn't use hatom anywhere yet. On one page I wanted 
> to add a small hatom feed with some application version/release 
> information. The feed would sit in what I would consider the "content" 
> area of the html document.
> *If* I came though in a few months and changed the templates that the 
> site uses so that each page had hatom elements wrapping the content so 
> the entire page could be subscribed to (similar to the setup I now have 
> on chunkysoup.net) what would then happen to the hatom feed that 
> happened to now be embedded inside another feed?
> I would expect that a parser could pick out the 2 feeds independently -- 
> in the case of the outer feed it just sees the inner feed as some random 
> html like any other content -- but I'm just not sure and the 
> hatom-parsing docs have for the most part yet to be written.

I think this is exactly how it should work, and I'll make sure the 
Almost Universal MF Parser does this.

Regards, etc...

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