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Monday, February 20, 2006

Sam Ruby on RSS vs. Atom

Sam Ruby give a new exploration into the RSS vs. Atom debate. It's a must-read for anyone who's interested. He touches some of what's changed since Atom went 1.0.

Q: But Microsoft is planning to include RSS support in LongHorn, I mean Vista, in 2006 or 2007 or 2008 or something.  Microsoft is no dummy. Why did they pick RSS over Atom?

A: You have to realize that Microsoft uses the term RSS like many use the term Kleenex.  I’m not sure why they insist on confusing the market this way.

Q: So you are saying that Microsoft supports Atom too?

A: Yes, their Feed API works just fine with Atom feeds.  They were also amongst the very first to produce feeds that conform to the Atom 1.0 specification.

There's much more than this. I'm still angry at Apple for using the term RSS all over Safari. All feeds being available, Safari will chose the Atom one. Coincidence?


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