13 Facts About RSS


RSS is a web feed that allows users and applications to access updates to websites in a standardized, computer-readable format.

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Websites usually use RSS feeds to publish frequently updated information, such as blog entries, news headlines, episodes of audio and video series, or for distributing podcasts.

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An RSS document includes full or summarized text, and metadata, like publishing date and author's name.

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RSS formats were preceded by several attempts at web syndication that did not achieve widespread popularity.

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RDF Site Summary, the first version of RSS, was created by Dan Libby and Ramanathan V Guha at Netscape.

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Two parties emerged to fill the void, with neither Netscape's help nor approval: The RSS-DEV Working Group and Dave Winer, whose UserLand Software had published some of the first publishing tools outside Netscape that could read and write RSS.

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RSS-DEV Working Group, a project whose members included Aaron Swartz, Guha and representatives of O'Reilly Media and Moreover, produced RSS 1.

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When retrieved, RSS reading software could use the XML structure to present a neat display to the end users.

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Userland's RSS reader—generally considered as the reference implementation—did not originally filter out HTML markup from feeds.

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Primary objective of all RSS modules is to extend the basic XML schema established for more robust syndication of content.

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RSS gained wider use because of early feed reader support.

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RSS support was removed in OS X Mountain Lion's versions of Mail and Safari, although the features were partially restored in Safari 8.

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In 2018, Wired published an article named "It's Time for an RSS Revival", citing that RSS gives more control over content compared to algorithms and trackers from social media sites.

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