14 December 2004

Developers even suggest keeping both Atom and RSS

Ref Very interesting how Atom does still come up in the conversation.

They recognize that some people have both Atom and RSS. You can have two feeds when aggregators only take one or the other.

The issue in this case is, "Is the end-user pinging twice" with two different feeds with the same content? I'll grant you: It's good to limit duplication; but it's also good to have back-ups when an aggregator will not accept either Atom or RSS.

You never know when the "least preferred standard" might actually be the only pipeline out to the end user. In my view, aggregators that can handle both, regardless popularity, are the ones that are going to command public support.
Ref Very interesting how Atom does still come up in the conversation.

They recognize that some people have both Atom and RSS. You can have two feeds when aggregators only take one or the other.

The issue in this case is, "Is the end-user pinging twice" with two different feeds with the same content? I'll grant you: It's good to limit duplication; but it's also good to have back-ups when an aggregator will not accept either Atom or RSS.

You never know when the "least preferred standard" might actually be the only pipeline out to the end user. In my view, aggregators that can handle both, regardless popularity, are the ones that are going to command public support.
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