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Reading around the web (and the ATOM Site) it seems that RSS is planned to be phased out. They don't say this explicitly but they do say that the spec will not be updated - unless i read that wrong.
So I was just wondering if RSS will still be about in a year or two and wether to put efforts into learning ATOM rather than RSS.
Ok, I'm a programmer, but I wouldn't have thought that learning RSS or Atom formats would take much more than a few hours each - the concept is the same title, url description + items (title, url, content). Remember the future is not always the 'best' format, sometimes it's the one that got there first (Betamax vs VHS)
Is RSS going to be phased out? Not at all, there are plans for a version 3. Is Atom technically superior, probably yes, but it is more complex too. Most feed readers support RSS and Atom, but the former is much more popular. For ultimate compatibility at the moment, I would pick RSS 2.0 or maybe 0.91 - however if you prefer Atom 1.0 (do not use Atom 0.3 which really has been phased out!) then you are unlikely to have many problems.
Many thansk for clearling that up. I was reading the ATOM Specs last night (Atomenabled.org) and they definately say that RSS is now frozen and will not be developed further. I guess that comes from the bad blood ;)
Even my more technical minded readers are put off using feeds, when they see an array of buttoms offering RSS, Atom, XML, One Click Subs - it's not yet a user freindly technology.
Personaly, I prefer ATOM but will stick to RSS2 rather than introduce more complication. I subscribe to Ockams Razor ;)
WRT Atom, I only see this used on the Blogger blogs, which is a Google product. I would hardly say that this is the most common format in terms of readership. Everybody else (+dogs) seem to use RSS.
However, if you use RSS 2.0 the difference to Atom is not very big.