Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Blogger.com feeds showing in Outlook 12 with 12/31/2006 dates

I've noticed that for a while all the posts on blogs hosted by blogger.com appear in Outlook 12 with incorrect dates, all equal to 12/31/2006.

It looks like Outlook has a problem parsing the ATOM XML feeds from Blogger. Fortunately, there is a workaround (until the bug is fixed): resubscribe to the blog using an RSS 2.0 feed.

If you didn't know about this, all site feeds on blogger are published by default in Atom 1.0 format. However, if you add ?alt=rss to the end of any site feed URL, you can get the same feed in RSS 2.0 format.

Instead of using the atom subscription feed like http://alinconstantin.blogspot.com/atom.xml , you can (re)subscribe to a blogger feed using an Uri like http://alinconstantin.blogspot.com/atom.xml?alt=rss or http://alinconstantin.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss and the posts will appear in Outlook 12 with correct dates....

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