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Web Developer Resource Index: RSS

RSS can be a little confusing, since it is really a family of different XML languages, each have their own definition of the acronym (or initialism), and within those families there are several versions:

RSS is used to deliver content syndication, or feeds, in XML metadata format. A so-called “channel” is a list of items, typically Web-published articles, and each feed item is a summary of the resource with a URI (hyperlink) to the full article. By skimming the list, a user can locate an item of interest, and then select it to take him or her to the full article. News sites and Web logs (blogs) are the most popular source of these feeds.

Typical metadata encoded in one of these formats includes:

As the name implies, Really Simple Syndication is the easiest format for the content developer to started get with. If you look at the left sidebar you should notice a button that links to my RSS 2.0 feed. Here is an example from one entry in this very category:

<item> <title>drx: RSS</title> <link>http://loadaveragezero.com/app/drx/Metadata/RSS</link> <description> RSS can be a little confusing, since it is really a family of different XML languages, each have their own definition of the acronym (or initialism), and within those families ... </description> <dc:date>2005-05-06T04:50:06Z</dc:date> </item>

Note: that I have truncated the example for the sake of brevity.

drx includes RSS feeds for every category, located at the bottom of each page. You can also track Recent Additons to the directory with your favorite RSS reader.

If all of this is too much for you, and you need a basic introduction to RSS, try visiting the What is RSS? page.

Updated: Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 @ 1:53 AM EDT

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