Creating RSS feed with Notes URI

Many Lotus Notes developers have started adding the construction of RSS feeds to their repertoire. There are already many great resources on how to do this available on the Internet (Mike Golding presents a very easy to read, step-by-step method here on his site.)

Using this method, you can present an RSS feed to documents stored in a Lotus Notes database. Usually, the RSS feeds points to content that is accessed via a Web browser. However, I had the need to pull up the documents in the Notes client instead. This is very easy to do, since you can use the Notes URI format in place of the standard HTTP URI.

Here is a snippet of XML code from a feed that demonstrates this:

     <title>Spellcheck the 
Memo Body Only</title> 
     <pubDate>Thu, 24 Feb 2005 
10:39:25 PM -0400</pubDate> 
     <description>I posted this R4.x tip to
 SearchDomino way back in 1999 
and it was the winner for one month!</description>

Notice the <link> element references a Notes identifier rather than a URI using HTTP. When users view this feed in their RSS aggregator, it will open the proper document in your Notes client.

The <link> element of your feed can be constructed using the following formula (usually calculated in the document or in the view column):

"<link>notes:///" + 
@ReplaceSubstring(@ReplicaID; ":"; "") 
+ "/AllDocuments/" + 
@Text(@DocumentUniqueID) + "</link>

You can replace "AllDocuments" with the name of your view or use its design ID.

For an "All Notes" experience, you can use a Notes-based aggregator such as Steve Castledine's ProjectDX Feed Reader or Studio Blog Reader from OpenNTF along with your feed.

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This was first published in February 2005

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