[thelist] RSS Feed version

Pierre-Henri Lavigne lavigne at getphuture.com
Sat Nov 4 04:23:16 CST 2006

Howdy Paul,

I posted a similar question on the WSG mailing list a few weeks ago and 
one of this answer was :

I would recommend you pick one that does what you need and stick with it.
I'm not the only person who feels this way:

I admit it's not so easy. For example, such guru as A list apart decided 
to support only RSS 2.0 (http://www.alistapart.com/feed/) and the w3 to 
support only the RSS 1.0 on their site. Anyway for various reasons you 
may decide support both primary format, RSS and ATOM. In this way you 
should consider to keep one version for each format. Outside my 
professional work I'm working as volunteer to renew the code of the 
scummvm.org site. They decided before I came to support both. I updated 
to a standard way and you can find an example of RSS 2.0 and ATOM 1.0 here :

Anyway I'm not the best to advise you for a high traffic site but I 
suppose bandwidth is important so maybe in your case one feed should be 
enough and if RSS 2.0 is the best choice. They are some informations on 
wiki about differences between rss and atom.

I performed a fast search about some french gov site and I'm shure this 
is not an objective stat but 1/5was was using both and the others rss 
2.0 only. Not shure they decided from themself 'cause we did some state 
public gov sites at my work and some tools such as SPIP were set to one 
RSS 2.0 feed hehe



Pierre-Henri Lavigne
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Paul Bennett wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm looking to launch an RSS feed for a large local government organisation. I've got it set up as RSS 2.0 at the moment, but am only using the following elements:
> (Head)
> - Title
> - link
> - description
> - lastBuildDate
> - language
> (News Items)
> - title
> - pubDate
> - description
> I'm (vaguely) aware of the format wars that have gone on with RSS, but is there anything I need to be aware of? Do I need to alter my feed version or fomat (eg: atom)?
> Thoughts welcome,
> Paul

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