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RSS and Atom by Heinz Wittenbrink

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Chapter 2. Really Simple Syndication: RSS 2.0 and Its Predecessors

RSS 2.0 is the most popular and simplest version of the newer syndication formats. The functions of this format are the benchmark for the alternatives RSS 1.0/RSS 1.1 and Atom.

2.1 Overview

For the great majority of newsfeed providers today, RSS 2.0 is the syndication format of choice. Together with its predecessors RSS 0.91 to 0.93, it reaches a market share of about 80 percent among the RSS versions. (See also the statistical information of the newsfeed directory syndic8 at http://www.syndic8.com/stats.php. However, there are no reliable statistics. In addition, weblog systems as well as other tools that generate newsfeeds, frequently offer several formats at the same time.) All ...

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