Update 01/04/2009: I have no solution for this problem except to encourage my RSS readers to use GoogleReader or something that allows them to read the feed. LifeRea on UbuntuLinux does not work…if you don’t mind, share what aggregator you use (e.g. OWL, Kagregator, NetNewsWire, etc) and let me know.

According to 2 reports, it appears my RSS feed is messed up. But I’m not sure why. Here’s what the error looks like when using a feed reader (e.g. Liferea on UbuntuLinux):

XML Parsing Error: prefix not bound to a namespace
Location: file:///
Line Number 61, Column 3042:

The error does NOT appear when using GoogleReader, which is why I didn’t notice it since that’s what I use these days. The titles for the blog entries appear but not the content (or, it appears in garbled format under the error above).

What’s my first guess? The problem is with Feedburner, not the blog RSS feed. Since I track my feed entries through Feedburner, I’m figuring (hoping) that Feedburner is scrambling something due to the fact I’ve added some weird tracking feature.

The way I am going to check that is to use my original RSS feed for the blog, the Atom.xml feed that is provided by Blogspot and see what happens in LifeRea. Here’s the original feed:


Ok, well, same error. It’s not Feedburner, darn.

Second guess: It’s my new template and how it handles the entries for the RSS feed.
I haven’t a clue how to fix it.



  1. Verify feed to make sure it works: Results


    [Valid Atom 1.0] This is a valid Atom 1.0 feed. (but there ARE problems)

  2. The problem seems to start here:
    <link rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#feed'
    <link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml'
    <link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://www.mguhlin.org/'/>
    <link rel='next' type='application/atom+xml'
    <generator version='7.00' uri='http://www.blogger.com'>Blogger</generator>
    <entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5377911962415510068.post-5878495361957828299</id><published>2009-01-04T08:56:00.003-06:00</published><updated>2009-01-04T09:05:18.095-06:00</updated><app:edited xmlns:app='http://purl.org/atom/app#'>2009-01-04T09:05:18.095-06:00</app:edited><category scheme='http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#' term='MGBlog'/><category scheme='http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#' term='Blogspot'/>

var addthis_pub=”mguhlin”;

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