Syndicated content, most commonly blog posts, has been one of the fastest growing kinds of content on the Web the last four or five years. Typically, the syndication is enabled not with HTML-based content, but with complementary formats, like RSS.

In this chapter, we'll examine hAtom, a microformat for marking up syndicated content logically in HTML, aiding archiving and content subscription. But first, we'll look at web-based subscription services in general.

Web-based subscription services

One of the significant changes in web use of the past few years has been the increased use of subscription-based services (typically blogs, and similar reasonably frequently updated information) to syndicate content, ...

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