I’ve had no less than 5 emails about this since last night…
Bloglines is currently having problems with my Atom feed. Two distinct problems seem to be occuring:
- New posts are not showing up until quite a long time after they’ve been posted
- The whitespace around HTML elements isn’t being respected (so ‘This problem is annoying’ would appear as ‘This problemisannoying in Bloglines)
The first problem has been acknowledged as a known issue on Bloglines’ news page and is affecting a number of feeds as well as my own (Ed Bott is following the issue). That should hopefully be fixed soon.
The second problem relates to me switching the Atom feed from escaped HTML to XHTML. For some reason Bloglines does not parse this correctly – it’s a problem that other feed parsers do not seem to suffer from. The feed itself is therefore not at fault.
I can, of course, ‘fix’ the second problem by reverting back to escaped HTML but I’m not really inclined to since the feed itself is fine – the problem is at Bloglines’ end. Since this is part of the Atom standard, it is entirely possible that other feeds will also adopt this so I’m sure Bloglines will fix this sooner or later. Since the development of Atom has been out in the open it’s not like Bloglines couldn’t have seen this coming.
If you guys want me to fix the feed then please say so, otherwise bear with me until Bloglines updates their parser. Thank you.