What Happens If Your Atom Feed Fails the Validation

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What Happens If Your Atom Feed Fails the Validation? - RSS FAQs - Atom Feed Introduction and File Generation

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If your Atom feed file fails the w3.org validator, you will get an error message explaining where the error is in your feed file. The tutorial exercise below shows you a good example.

Try to validate the following Atom feed file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<feed xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom">
 <title>Webmaster FYI Center</title>
 <subtitle>A place to find information for Webmasters
 </subtitle>
 <link href="http://dev.fyicenter.com/atom.xml"/>
 <id>http://dev.fyicenter.com/</id>
 <updated>2005-07-13T18:30:02Z</updated>
 <author>
  <name>FYIcenter.com</name>
  <email>noreply@fyicenter.com</email>
 </author>
 <entry>
  <title>Webmaster FAQ Collection</title>
  <link href="http://dev.fyicenter.com/faq/"/>
  <id>http://dev.fyicenter.com/faq/</id>
  <updated>2005-07-13T18:30:02Z</updated>
  <summary>A massive collection of FAQs for Webmasters.
  </summary>
 </entry>
</feed>

You will get the following error message:

line 2, column 3: Missing atom:link with rel="self"

   <feed xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom">

Why? Because the feed link element is missing the rel="self" attribute.

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