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Deprecating RSS Support

Found via Lockergnome’s RSS Resource is a discussion about supporting multiple versions of RSS. It’s apparent that the author has no real idea why there is any need to support several different versions of the format, and I have to say I agree.
You’ll notice on this site that while there are a number of feeds available, they are only available in two distinctly different formats – RSS 2.0 and Atom 0.3. You don’t have a choice between RSS 0.91, 1.0 and 2.0, because I really couldn’t see the point in providing all three – in my experience aggregators are good enough to make the version a non-issue. Why confuse people with several different versions all containing the same data when one file should be able to do everything?
Of course, I’m hoping that with Atom being developed the way it is, it won’t be subject to this problem. But I really don’t see why blogging software like Movable Type has to offer two different RSS templates when the outputted files effectively contain the same data.

One Comment

  1. I’ll be happier when it’s just one format.