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Yet Another RSS FAQ

Julian Bond writes "I've embarked on building yet another RSS FAQ, loosely based on all the other RSS FAQs. This one has a subtle difference though. Through the magic of Drupal it's got a /. style comment and submission system so anyone with the time can help build and maintain it." Read more and contribute at
Posted on 2001-08-13. Permalink

MulleNewz 1.0 Released

"MulleNewz is a dockling which allows you to stay in touch with the world via the OSX dock! It is an easy to configure RSS reader which means that it can access a lot of popular sites that offer RSS content - at once! Just click on the headline you're interested in and MulleNewz will open your preferred browser and direct it to the URL containing the whole story." Available from here.
Posted on 2001-07-31. Permalink

Morbus Iff Joins RSS Info

Morbus Iff, the creator of AmphetaDesk, has joined the news grubbing, list reading, standard following crew of RSS Info. He hopes to contribute enough loving to make RSS Info the shining beacon of syndication news and development. He also hopes to stop using these horrifically convoluted sentences.
Posted on 2001-07-30. Permalink

Jeff Barr Updates Syndicated Alias List

Jeff Barr's alias list, used internally in his Headline Viewer, has recently been updated. "The file exists to make it possible to recognize aliased syndication URLs that ultimately refer to the same root data source." Read his full announcement here.
Posted on 2001-07-30. Permalink

Reptile 0.0.1 Released

"Reptile is an Open Source/Free Software, Peer-to-Peer, content syndication engine (think RSS/OCS), which is driven by Java/XML and is privacy protection/Reputation enabled. Reptile nodes can publish to each other (everything is driven by XML based subscriptions) and provides a decentralized authentication model based on public/private key crypto (and Reputation)." See more here.
Posted on 2001-07-30. Permalink

Meerkat Adds Support for Dublin Core

Meerkat, the O'Reilly Network's syndicator, now displays Dublin Core metadata in feeds. (Example, RSS, N3). The new version of the website also allows you to do searches based on Dublin Core metadata. Getting everyone to support new modules is often an chicken-and-egg problem, but we're glad Meerkat has taken the first step.
Posted on 2001-07-15. Permalink

Peerkat Released

Rael Dornfest has released Peerkat, a personal aggregator/syndicator for your desktop. Peerkat is an open source project and everyone is encouraged to get involved on the mailing list and at the SourceForge project page.
Posted on 2001-07-15. Permalink

WebReference Provides Comprehensive Article on RSS

Andy King has written a very comprehensive article on RSS in all its various forms and manifestations. It's available on
Posted on 2001-05-07. Permalink

Dave Winer Announces RSS 0.93

Today, Dave Winer announed his plans for RSS 0.93 and the process by which it would be created. He is asking for suggestions (email list) and plans to take the best ones and add them to the spec. However, he does ask that things are kept simple and non-RDF.
Posted on 2001-04-20. Permalink

New Compatibility Comparison

We now provide a compatibility comparison of the various RSS specs.
Posted on 2001-03-05. Permalink

RSS Info Provides New Feeds

RSS Info is pleased to provide a series of RSS feeds scraped from popular websites on the Net.
Posted on 2001-02-14. Permalink

Dave announces RSS 0.92

Dave Winer has announced RSS 0.92 a forwards-compatible modification to RSS 0.91 to support new software from UserLand called "My.UserLand On the Desktop".

RSS 0.92 makes the language element optional and introduces some new elements:

  • <cloud> describes a system for subscribing to updates of the RSS file
  • <enclosure> describes a large external file to be sent with the RSS file

As Dave has said he is "not doing this as part of a working group, or in collaboration with anyone else."

Posted on 2001-01-12. Permalink

RSS 1.0 Released!

At long last and with much rejoicing, RSS 1.0 is finally released. The vote passed unanimously with 9 members of the WG (and one non-member) voting. Strangely enough, the message that announced the results of the vote was exactly message 1300. It was followed by a message from Rael Dornfest, the WG Chair, recapping the 4-month process that it took the spec to finally be published.

News of the release has been covered on XMLhack. Rael also posted a note to his blog. In addition, O'Reilly has issued a press release.
Posted on 2000-12-11. Permalink

Squish: An RDF Query Language

Libby Miller has released Squish an RDF query language. The syntax is a lot like SQL, and Squish sits on top of an SQL backend like Postgres. Its demos show it working with RSS. Take a look.
Posted on 2000-12-10. Permalink

RSS Tool Overview

Thanks to Ken McLeod, we have an RSS tool overview. We encourage everyone to submit additions and comments to that page and our RSS tool listings.
Posted on 2000-11-13. Permalink


Dave Beckett has announced a demonstration (source) of his RDF::RSS module. I believe this is the first public demonstration of a RSS file being processed by an RDF parser. Neat!
Posted on 2000-11-12. Permalink

Dan Brickley Presents History of RSS

As Dave Winer says, it's Election Day in the USA and politics is in the air. The name game has started up again. However, this time, Dan Brickley has provided an interesting account of the history of RSS, going all the way back to Apple's MCF format. I highly recommend it if you're curious about the history and background of RSS. However, as it comes from a member of the RSS-DEV working group, it shows a strong bias. It received a stern response from Dave Winer.
Posted on 2000-11-08. Permalink

Final Issue Closed

By a 5-2 vote, the motion to not allow repeated elements has passed. This was the last open issue for the RSS spec. Now, all of the issues have been closed, and that leaves only the spec itself to vote on.
Posted on 2000-11-07. Permalink

RSS Info Launched

The RSS Info site starts, attempting to track the changes in the crazy RSS world.
Posted on 2000-11-06. Permalink

Release Candidate 1 of RSS 1.0 Announced

After many months of work by the RSS-DEV list, Rael Dornfest has announced the publication of RC1 of the RSS specs. Comments to the RSS-DEV list are appreciated.
Posted on 2000-11-05. Permalink

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