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Pick one feed format

Nelson Minar recommends that the popular blog tools dump RSS and provide their feeds in one format, Atom. This echoes the best practice established at least two years ago when Nick Bradbury and Sam Ruby recommended choosing a single format for your feeds and sticking with that rather than providing the same data in multiple formats.

I agree with that sentiment and also endorse choosing Atom makes sense at this point. The only remaining advantage for RSS is that it has better name recognition and its name doesn’t conflict with the smallest particle that comprises an element or any of the other things also called “atom”.

1 Comment

  1. its not so much picking a certain format, its achieving a certain level of conformancy that it will be parsed by the greatest amount of libs (and vice versa)

    eg, using or to enclose posts, using or or for an id, and what not

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