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Alan Ogilvie Alan Ogilvie | 10:17 UK time, Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Just a quick note to say that the OPML formatted feed that we have available for our Podcasts is having a slight format change.

Because any change to the structure of an XML document like this will probably cause some minor headaches to you - we've set up a new feed in the new format, and kept the old one running for a while. This is notice that in a few weeks we'll simply redirect the old one to the new one.

The new feed is available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/opml/bbc_podcast_opml_v2.xml

A nice view of this can be seen via Optimal's OPML browser.

A summary of the changes between the old (v1) and the new (v2):

  • We took out the top level 'BBC Station List' outline - it didn't make sense. So now the Radio Networks are the first thing in the XML.
  • We changed the outline node to better include the display name of the Radio network rather than the id - but kept the id for you in a new attribute called networkid. This makes it a bit more 'friendly' when just using a podcatcher that can directly read our OPML:
    • this (v1): <outline text="radio2" fullname="BBC Radio 2">
    • to this (v2): <outline text="BBC Radio 2" fullname="BBC Radio 2" networkid="radio2">
  • We changed the title of the OPML document for the same reason of 'friendliness' - from:
    • this (v1): BBC Podcast OPML
    • to this (v2): BBC Radio Podcasts
  • We didn't change outline/outline - the actual reference to the RSS feed for the podcasts. So you can be assured nothing changes there. As an example - here is a podcast outline picked from the latest feed - there is no difference from v1 to v2:
    • (v1): <outline type="rss" imageHref="http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/assets/artwork/oddcast.jpg" xmlUrl="http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio2/oddcast/rss.xml" imageHrefTVSafe="" text="Alex Lester's Oddcast" keyname="oddcast" active="true" allow="all" networkName="" networkId="" typicalDurationMins="15" page="http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/lester/" flavour="Programme Highlights" rsstype="" rssenc="" language="en-gb" description="Alex Lester's latest musings on 'Alex World', featuring listener contributions, taken from his Best Time Of The Day show, broadcast weekdays on Radio 2, 2-5am." bbcgenres="Comedy & Quizzes|Entertainment"/>
    • (v2): <outline type="rss" imageHref="http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/assets/artwork/oddcast.jpg" xmlUrl="http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio2/oddcast/rss.xml" imageHrefTVSafe="" text="Alex Lester's Oddcast" keyname="oddcast" active="true" allow="all" networkName="" networkId="" typicalDurationMins="15" page="http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/lester/" flavour="Programme Highlights" rsstype="" rssenc="" language="en-gb" description="Alex Lester's latest musings on 'Alex World', featuring listener contributions, taken from his Best Time Of The Day show, broadcast weekdays on Radio 2, 2-5am." bbcgenres="Comedy & Quizzes|Entertainment"/>

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