Google Reader Should Recognize Valid XHTML 1.0 Video Embeds

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Posted on April 26, 2008 1:11 AM in Web Development
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After this, this, this and this, I've just posted this:

Currently, the only way to get Google Reader to display a YouTube video is to include the invalid HTML code provided by YouTube. However, it is possible (and recommended if you care about standards-compliance) to embed YouTube videos using valid XHTML 1.0, as described here:

However, when YouTube videos (or other videos from services like Viddler, Vimeo, etc.) are embedded in this way, they are ignored by Google Reader and simply do not show up in the Google Reader interface.

The workaround to this problem is providing an enclosure element in your RSS feed, but including that element without a length attribute (which is the way I've seen it recommended at the Google Reader blog) is not valid RSS 2.0. And who wants to actually figure out the valid integer value for the length field, anyway?

I've verified that Bloglines recognizes YouTube videos embedded via valid XHTML 1.0 without the enclosure element. It would be great if Google would, too.

See the following for more information on how this change could potentially impact a lot of users:

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Bernie Zimmermann the Google Reader Feedback and Suggestions group.


Mihai Parparita on April 28, 2008 at 8:05 AM:

Thanks for pinging us about this, I've added this to our todo list (which to be fair, is quite long already).

Mihai Parparita
Google Reader Engineer


Bernie Zimmermann on April 28, 2008 at 5:38 PM:

Thanks for dropping by with an update, Mihai. It's good to know the feature has made it onto your to-do list, regardless of how long that list currently is.


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