Monday, April 2, 2007

Do you want to subscribe to a specific label?

Here is how to do it. You might only be interested in something special on this blog or other Blogger blogs.

For example a feed for what I write with label (category) as AutoCAD 2008:
http://jtbworld.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/AutoCAD%202008

If the label name contains a space make sure to substitute it with %20 so instead of AutoCAD Architecture 2008 it should be AutoCAD%20Architecture%202008.

This is another great way to put the reader in charge. You maybe don't care about VBScript or VB.NET but want to read all about the latest and greatest AutoCAD 2008.

But what if you want to know everything about multiple feeds and don't want feed items to show up more than one time. How about using pipes from Yahoo as described before. I made this little test pipe on AutoCAD and here is the resulting RSS feed that combines three labels (AutoCAD 2008, AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD).

Here is what the Blogger help answers on: Can I get site feeds for specific labels?

Yes, you can! If a blog you read is using labels and also has site feeds enabled, then you can pick and choose which topics you want to subscribe to. The format for label feeds is this:
http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/labelname

Be sure to substitute in the correct blog address for blogname and the label you're interested in for labelname. Also, don't miss the hyphen ("-") in the URL. That's not a typo!

Note that a URL of this form will only work if the blog in question is using this specific label, and has also enabled site feeds. However, no special site feed settings are necessary. As long as the basic site feed for posts is enabled (with either short or full descriptions) then label feeds will also work.


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