The following javascript code does not work .Not able to figure out the reason.Cud anyone help plz


<title>AJAX RSS Reader</title>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css" type="text/css" />

<script language="javascript"  type="text/javascript">

var RSSRequestObject = false; // XMLHttpRequest Object
var Backend = 'http://www.google.fr/news?hl=en&ned=en&q=ajax&ie=UTF-8&output=rss'; // Backend url
window.setInterval("update_timer()", 1200000); // update the data every 20 mins

if (window.XMLHttpRequest) // try to create XMLHttpRequest
	RSSRequestObject = new XMLHttpRequest();

if (window.ActiveXObject)	// if ActiveXObject use the Microsoft.XMLHTTP
	RSSRequestObject = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");

* onreadystatechange function
function ReqChange() {

	// If data received correctly
	if (RSSRequestObject.readyState==4) {

		// if data is valid
		if (RSSRequestObject.responseText.indexOf('invalid') == -1)
			// Parsing RSS
			var node = RSSRequestObject.responseXML.documentElement;

			// Get Channel information
			var channel = node.getElementsByTagName('channel').item(0);
			var title = channel.getElementsByTagName('title').item(0).firstChild.data;
			var link = channel.getElementsByTagName('link').item(0).firstChild.data;

			content = '<div class="channeltitle"><a href="'+link+'">'+title+'</a></div><ul>';

			// Browse items
			var items = channel.getElementsByTagName('item');
			for (var n=0; n < items.length; n++)
				var itemTitle = items[n].getElementsByTagName('title').item(0).firstChild.data;
				var itemLink = items[n].getElementsByTagName('link').item(0).firstChild.data;
					var itemPubDate = '<font color=gray>['+items[n].getElementsByTagName('pubDate').item(0).firstChild.data+'] ';
				catch (e)
					var itemPubDate = '';

				content += '<li>'+itemPubDate+'</font><a href="'+itemLink+'">'+itemTitle+'</a></li>';

			content += '</ul>';
			// Display the result
			document.getElementById("ajaxreader").innerHTML = content;

			// Tell the reader the everything is done
			document.getElementById("status").innerHTML = "Done.";

		else {
			// Tell the reader that there was error requesting data
			document.getElementById("status").innerHTML = "<div class=error>Error requesting data.<div>";



* Main AJAX RSS reader request
function RSSRequest() {

	// change the status to requesting data
	document.getElementById("status").innerHTML = "Requesting data ...";

	// Prepare the request
	RSSRequestObject.open("GET", Backend , true);
	// Set the onreadystatechange function
	RSSRequestObject.onreadystatechange = ReqChange;
	// Send

* Timer
function update_timer() {

function HideShow(id){
	var el = GetObject(id);

function GetObject(id){
	var el = document.getElementById(id);


<body onload="RSSRequest();">

<h2>AJAX RSS Reader</h2>
<div id="status" style="display:none"></div>
<div id="ajaxreader"></div>



Edited by peter_budo: Correcting code tags, please use [code][/code] instead of &lt;code&gt;&lt;/code&gt;

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Last Post by Airshow


It works fine in IE6 and may also work in the even older IE5 but won't work in any other browser unless served from google.fr .

Reason: Most browsers block AJAX calls to "foreign" (ie 3rd party) domains.

Solution: Sticking with 100% client-side code .... I wish I knew. I developed a nice little AJAX application for my own use recently and would like to share it with some friends but can't because they have all moved on from IE6. I have explored using Opera Unite as a proxy but haven't managed to get it to work yet. Ultimately, you can server the page from your own server (either local or remote) such that a script (eg PHP) performs an equivalent to the AJAX request and serves your page with the links already in place. But then you need (a) IIS/Apache/etc on your home computer or a rented server account (ISP web-spaces are seldom script enabled), and (b) the right know-how.


Edited by Airshow: n/a


Airshow, Thanks for the reply.
You are correct.This code does not work in any browser with any url example.Cud u let me know what is the issue for it to work in firefox 3.5.
I am not supposed to use php code.Is there any way to make this code work with IE and firefox.Plz let me know at the earliest



I wish I knew. As I said, anything other than IE5 and IE6 will not do cross-domain AJAX.

For displaying a regular HTML page, I would suggest using an iframe but you can't do that with RSS (which is XML).

So unless someone posts something here that I don't yet know, then we are both stuck. I still think using Opera Unite as a proxy might be a way ahead but I've been trying that on and off for the last 2 months and have made little progress.

Sorry it's not good news.



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For displaying a regular HTML page, I would suggest using an iframe but you can't do that with RSS (which is XML).

I should have said, "but you can't do that with RSS (which is XML) unless the feed comes ready-styled (with eg. XSLT)".

Unfortunately, you're still out of luck because the feed you are interested in, is not styled.


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