[thelist] RRS and the like

David Siedband technique at oceanicsky.com
Sun Jul 31 20:57:19 CDT 2005


The relative strengths of RSS and Atom have been talked about a  
bunch.  If you google for "RSS vs. Atom" you'll find lots of discussion.

We chose RSS for our feeds because more clients seem to support it.   
The complaints people usually have about RSS are that it is too  
simple, and that it is frozen (not adding features...)  For example,  
RSS doesn't provide a semantic way to support multiple contributors,  
or have separate fields for "summary" and "description".  So it's  
fairly common to see multiple 'fields' jammed into a single RSS tag.

Consider how complex the content-types are that you are making into  
feeds.  If you have time/funding consider doing both RSS and Atom  


On Jul 31, 2005, at 12:21 PM, Ken Moore wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have got several clients who are in highly competitive markets.  
> They are interested in turning their sites into a sort of mini  
> portal – that is, they want to add on-line and current content to  
> draw their customers. RRS is certainly one option and I am certain  
> that there are others.
> I would very much appreciate your collective knowledge about sites  
> and/books that I could learn what is available (free or cheap).
> Ken
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