Once your course-feed directories, Course Container files and Course Template files have been created, you are ready to add your finished Course Description feed to a website. If you wish to preview your output, you can do so using the CD Feed Preview tool. Note that your CD feed will automatically update on a weekly basis, but that you can always manually update your feed using the CD Feed Preview tool’s “Publish” option.


The Course Description Feeds application uses your Course Container and Course Template files to produce output files that can be used in any HTML page. The names of your output files are specified in the outputattribute of your Course Container (CTF) file and are located in yourcourse-feeds/output directory. These output files can be included into your website as server-side includes (SSI files). The easiest method of enabling SSIs is to rename any .html files to use the .shtml extension.


Once you have enabled server-side includes for your web page(s), you can include a course description by adding the following line to your web page’s source code:

<!–#include virtual=”/your-path/course-feeds/output/file.html” >

Make sure to replace “your-path” with the correct location of yourcourse-feeds directory (normally your department’s top-level web directory) and “file.html” with the name of the output file which you wish to include:

<!–#include virtual=”/history/course-feeds/output/undergraduate.html” >

The name of the output file is specified in your Course Container (CTF) file’s output attribute.

Reminder: Contact IT Help Center to have your course-feeds directory setup for use with Course Description Feeds. Although you can create the required directories yourself, the the IT Help Center staff will need to setup special access permissions for the application to work.