Atom is not RSS.

by Timothy Appnel

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I've made it out to the west coast to attend to O'Reilly Mac OS X DevCon (quite happy to be here and to present) and listening to the first keynote by Chris Bourdon on the new features of Tiger, Apple's next version of Mac OS X. I like what I'm seeing a lot, but one slide bothered me as being a bit uncharacteristically off. It said something like RSS support – RSS 0.9x, RSS1, RSS2 and Atom. I'm glad to see this support of course, but Atom is not RSS. Rather then pick one over the other, it seems to me the term syndication would be more accurate and encompassing while being a bit less geeky for normal folk.

What is the right term for RSS and Atom support in applications?