RSS is quite old technology, but still many people use it. I like RSS, but RSS apps are old fashioned and uncomfortable for me. There are much better designs to read a content than boring news list. The one of them are stories. You may know this from Instagram or Snapchat. So, I decided to create a converter.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?> <rss version="2.0"> <channel> ... <item> <title>Title</title> <link>link.html</link> <description>Description</description> <pubDate>Fri, 12 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate> <!-- But, where is an image? 😣 --> </item> ...
I wanted to put a title and a short description in each story. Almost all RSS channels deliver this data. But the main problem is with pictures of articles. Some channels delivers pictures, but most don't. I think, the most important in the stories are images. The picture passes quicker information than the text, and I think this is the heart of stories. So what do with feeds witch don't provide images?
<!DOCTYPE HTML> <html> <head> ... <meta property="og:title" content="Title" /> <meta property="og:image" content="image.jpg" /> <!-- Ok, I see an image now! 😍 --> ...
We can find the cover image in... HTML social tags of the article. I noticed that, almost every news website has social tags. So I created RSS reader with scraping feature. The result is awesome. I have thousands RSS feeds with nice cover images now.
This is a short story how I created Stories Now. 🚀 Modern RSS Reader. It's available for Android and iOS for free. You may download it from:
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