XML, RSS, and Atom

RSS is based on XML, a widely used standard for textual information exchange between applications on the Internet. RSS feeds can be viewed as plain text files, but they’re really designed for computer-to-computer communication.

RSS is actually just one standard for expressing feeds as XML, albeit the one most people are familiar with. Another popular standard is called Atom. You will notice that most websites … [ Read more ]

What is RSS?

RSS (variously defined as Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) is a standard for publishing regular updates to web-based content. These updates are usually called “feeds.” RSS is most commonly associated with blogs but can (and should) be added to any website that regularly posts content. Webmasters use this standard to provide updates which users can view with RSS reader software (standalone or web-based). … [ Read more ]