O'Reilly logo

RESTful Web Services Cookbook by Subbu Allamaraju

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Appendix D. Atom Syndication Format

This appendix provides a quick overview of how to use Atom entry and feed documents for resources. Figures D-1 and D-2 show a high-level view of the structure of Atom entry and feed elements. For a complete description of these elements, see RFC 4287.

Atom entry

Figure D-1. Atom entry

Atom feed

Figure D-2. Atom feed

Key Elements of Feeds and Entries

Here is a list of the key elements within the Atom entry and feed elements. Note that both feeds and entries are extensible, and you can introduce new attributes and elements.

atom:author

Contained in: atom:feed and atom:entry

The atom:author element represents the person or entity that created the entry or feed. It can contain several child elements including atom:name, atom:uri, and atom:email. A single Atom entry or feed can contain more than one atom:author element. Each atom:author element should have at least an atom:name element. The atom:uri and atom:email elements are optional.

Here is an example of the atom:author element:

<atom:author xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom">
  <atom:name>J. P. Williams</atom:name>
  <atom:uri>http://www.example.org/jpwill</atom:uri>
  <atom:email>jpwill@example.org</atom:email>
</atom:author>

If the Atom feed has an atom:author element, each Atom entry need not have an atom:author element. Also, ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required