Syndication benefits both users and publishers by helping users consume more information instead of visiting multiple web sites to see what's new, users can scan headlines or article summaries and click to read the full text. Some publishers also make their entire content (whether full-text or audio/video) available for users to access via RSS and view in other applications. It's "really simple" for publishers to make content available in this format.
RSS is also a special XML based language used to create RSS files on Websites that contains headlines or summaries of news, or site contents to allow news aggregators to fetch and redistribute.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an extension of XML designed to organize headlines of news or summaries of Web pages to feed to news aggregators.
For more information on XML, please visit http://www.w3.org/XML/.
► RSS 0.90 - The earliest known version of RSS released to the public by Netscape in 1999. RSS 0.90 is based on RDF (Resource Description Framework). When RSS 0.90 was created, the RSS initialization stood for Rich Site Summary and not Really Simple Syndication.
► RSS 0.91 - Developed by UserLand in 2000.
► RSS 1.0 - Published as a proposal by a group led by Rael Dornfest at O'Reilly in 2000.
► RSS 2.0 - Released through Harvard under a Creative Commons license in 2003.
The current version of Atom is Atom 1.0. For more information, please visit http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc4287.txt.
► Atom has separate "summary" and "content" elements, while RSS only has one "description" element.
► Atom standardizes auto-discovery in contrast to the many non-standard variants used with RSS 2.0.
► In Atom, it is mandatory that each entry have a globally unique ID, which is important for reliable updating of entries.
► Atom 1.0 allows standalone Atom Entry documents whereas with RSS 2.0 only full feed documents are supported.
► Atom specifies that dates be in the format described in RFC 3339. The date format in RSS 2.0 was underspecified and has led to many different formats being used.