I'm also a RSS / feed newbie, and I don't really know how they're structured.
OK, that said: I am building a website for a small company. The site is built in html / css. There is also a wordpress blog (modified atahualpa theme) installed which is working perfectly.
I've set up a feedburner account. What I want to do is pull blog items onto the home page of the site (index.html). Right now I am using the feed to import content into a div. I have two issues:
1) If I want to display images, I have to use the full html of the feed items (latest wordpress posts). This will display images but also the entire text of the post, which is too long. I want to be able to truncate the text of the post.
I don't expect someone to be able to solve this for me, but any hints or points in the right direction to start learning would be greatly appreciated. I've spent literally 2/3 of my day (8+ hours) banging my head against this and not getting anywhere. Maybe my skull is thick today or something. I don't like to have to ask for help. :/