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Creating RSS files for your website

Author: Michael Claßen
An introductory guide to writing RSS 0.91 files.

Introduction to RSS

Author: Andy King
A gentle introduction to RSS and syndication. Might be useful to beginniners.

Making Headlines with RSS

Author: Jonathan Eisenzopf
An in-depth guide to reading, writing and using RSS files with a focus on the XML::RSS perl module.

Using RSS News Feed

Author: Jonathan Eisenzopf
An introduction to using the XML::RSS perl module to manipulate RSS files.

Writing RSS 1.0

Author: Rael Dornfest
A step-by-step tutorial to creating an RSS 1.0 document by hand.

More Info

RSS Category at

Author: Editors of the Open Directory Project
A collection of RSS-related links, including tutorials, background and more.

O'Reilly RSS Dev-Center

Articles on the O'Reilly Network about RSS and syndication.


Author: Ken MacLeod
An attempt to concisely explore and discuss the issues surrounding RSS. Tracks the various RSS mailing lists and keeps summaries of important issues. Also provides the RSS 1.0 issues list.


RSS 0.9 Reference

A reference for the various elements in RSS.

RSS 0.91 Reference

A reference for the various elements in RSS.

RSS 1.0 Core Reference

A reference for the various elements in RSS.


Developers Explain: Why RSS 1.0?

(audio) O'Reilly Network publisher Dale Dougherty talks with some of the core developers behind the new spec for RDF Site Summary (RSS 1.0) about the background behind RDF, the need for a standard, and what RSS enables.

The Evolution of RSS

Author: Andy King
We look at how RSS has evolved from its humble beginnings through present day and beyond. We survey all versions of RSS, including a feature comparison, a new RSS usage survey, plus format and validation information. Learn how the newest versions of RSS will move us towards a more Semantic Web.

A Historical Debt

Author: Dan Brickley
A detailed survey of RSS history, going all the way back to Apple's MCF format, Microsoft's CDF, UserLand's scriptingNews and of course, RSS.

History of RSS

Author: Dan Libby
The primary author of the RSS specs for Netscape speaks out with his opinion on RSS' past, promise and future.

Introduction to RSS 0.91

Author: Dave Winer
Dave's introduction to his work on cleaning up the RSS 0.91 spec and a starting point for further discussion on RSS progress.

RDF - why we should care - and RSS

Author: Edd Dumbill
Edd Dumbill presents a brief outline of why he believes RDF is important and the reasons for the next version of RSS to use it.

RSS 1.0: The New Syndication Format

Author: Jonathan Eisenzopf
The history and background of the RSS format and information on the introduction of RSS 1.0.

RSS: Lightweight Web Syndication

Author: Rael Dornfest
RSS, a simple XML application to describe web site headlines, has had such enormous success that it has been pulled in many directions. Rael Dornfest documents the history of RSS, and the debate over its future.

RSS Modularization

Author: Leigh Dodds
A look at the original proposal to develop RSS using namespaces.

RSS Moves Forward

Author: Edd Dumbill
Edd Dumbill explains the creation of the RSS working group and takes a look at the RSS 1.0 spec.

What to do about RSS?

Author: Dave Winer
A description of the problems RSS has faced and a proposed solution.

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