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Atom Introspection

An introspection document provides clients with the necessary information to formulate a request and send to a system. Six Apart provides introspection documents to clients in the form of an Atom feed. This Atom feed contains the references necessary for a client to:

Then for each blog the introspection document provides a pointer, or URL to an Atom endpoint that clients can use to:

  • retrieve a list of entries
  • retrieve a list of categories
  • upload files
  • create, update, delete and read blog entries

More about Introspection Documents

Example Weblog Introspection Document

<feed xmlns="http://purl.org/atom/ns#">
  <link xmlns="http://purl.org/atom/ns#" 
        type="application/x.atom+xml" rel="service.post" 
        href="http://www.typepad.com/t/atom/weblog/blog_id=64534" 
        title="SOAP::Lite"/>
  <link xmlns="http://purl.org/atom/ns#" 
        type="application/x.atom+xml" 
        rel="service.feed" h
        ref="http://www.typepad.com/t/atom/weblog/blog_id=64534" 
        title="SOAP::Lite"/>
  <link xmlns="http://purl.org/atom/ns#" 
        type="application/x.atom+xml" 
        rel="service.upload" 
        href="http://www.typepad.com/t/atom/weblog/blog_id=64534/svc=upload" 
        title="SOAP::Lite"/>
  <link xmlns="http://purl.org/atom/ns#" 
        type="application/x.atom+xml" 
        rel="service.categories" 
        href="http://www.typepad.com/t/atom/weblog/blog_id=64534/svc=categories" 
        title="SOAP::Lite"/>
  <link xmlns="http://purl.org/atom/ns#" 
        type="text/html" 
        rel="alternate" 
        href="http://www.soaplite.com/" 
        title="SOAP::Lite"/>
</feed>

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