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Since many sites have not yet started publishing with RSS (and may be unlikely to do so), I've been pondering simply writing my own script to generate RSS feeds for them. Say a site updates every morning, Monday to Friday, but does not have an RSS feed. Would it not be easy to conjure up a script to generate a fake feed every day that I could then use in lieu of the site itself?
The problem, of course, is that I have yet to find an RSS reader that will read a feed from a local file. Does RSSOwl do this now? Is it even possible to do in a cross-platform fashion?
Sure, RSSOwl is able to read a RSS file from disk. Just have a look at File > Open > Open File.
You can add Favorites that have a local file path as URL and it will work just like a normal Feed.
For the generation of fake feeds, I am not having any experiences though.