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kick RSS out ?

Christophe Verré

Joined: Nov 24, 2005
Posts: 14687

(I apologize if the question has already been posted)

RSS seems quite a mess, with many versions and branches (0.9X, 2.0 and 1.0), whereas Atom seems to have a decent specification. Do you think that RSS should be dropped ?

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David M. Johnson

Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 10
If you are writing software that reads feeds then you can't ignore RSS 0.9X, 1.0 or 2.0, but if you are providing feeds then you could certainly choose to offer only Atom 1.0 format feeds -- all of the commonly used feed readers and parsing libraries support Atom 1.0 now.

Of course, if you have to support older feed readers and legacy RSS apps you might have to be more cautious. Along those lines, check out the Intelligence Community Metadata Working Group's recent recommendation regarding RSS vs Atom. They recommend transitioning from RSS to Atom by starting to make your RSS feeds more Atom compatible (they call it "Atomic RSS"):

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Christophe Verré

Joined: Nov 24, 2005
Posts: 14687

From now on, feeds should be done using Atom then
Thanks you for replying.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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