Friday, January 21, 2005

RSS and related formats

I'm just doing a little research into RSS and Atom right now, and is it me or is it just one big happy mess?

RSS 0.90, 0.91, 0.92, 0.93, 0.94, 1.0, 1.1 (out this month!), 2.0
Atom (now on 0.3 API spec)
RDF (old school)

1 comment:

Matt the Hat said...

It may look a mess but you have about three formats in reality.

They are all specifications for the layout of XML documents a close relative of HTML (XHTML)

ATOM: The new kid on the block which Blogspot/Blogger uses.

RSS 1 / 0.9x / RDF: which are all so similar to make the difference pointless for this level of investigation.

RSS 2.0: Nothing to do with RSS 1.0 because it's a totaly different format.

Nowdays however any decent XML Feed using app (reader / website etc) should be able to identify which is which and just get on with it.

I hope that was interesting / informative. I tend to be a bit of a nurd about these things.