RSS Channel And History
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From The Beginning - RSS was born for practical purposes, as good formats tend to be.The RSS 0.91 spec starts with the words "Files must be 100% valid XML,"It initially started to be known as headline syndication drove development and refinement of the format.
According to dictionary, syndication refers to sell (a comic strip or column, for example) through a syndicate for simultaneous publication in newspapers or periodicals.
The RSS community started calling what it did 'syndication' (as in, "Really Simple Syndication") because it was all about distributing content for reuse. However, RSS syndication isn't usually paid for, and it isn't just for republication; specialized clients called aggregators made content available directly to end users, so that they could mix-and-match their channels at will.
The headline syndication view of RSS is to-the-point; a channel is a reverse-chronological sorted list of links to stories, along with metadata for each one indicating the title and sometimes a description.
This metadata summary view of RSS ("Rich Site Summary" or "RDF Site Summary") treated the channel as a container for any kind of statement - from market data to mp3 playlists to event calendars or even order systems - as long as what they were talking about could be arranged in a list. The modularity of RSS1.0 enables its use in a variety of contexts, from Wall Street to Open Source software distribution.
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