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RSS and Atom by Heinz Wittenbrink

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1.3 RSS Requirements

Up to now I have only introduced some application scenarios for newsfeeds and referred to certain exemplary programs and services that are based on newsfeeds. Most users don’t know that these programs and services are made possible through common document types for newsfeeds, which clearly differ from HTML. These documents have become widely accepted as the first XML formats on the Web.

The abbreviation RSS has established itself as the collective term for these newsfeed formats. The name "RSS" encompasses a number of closely connected technologies that identify and find updated or updatable information on the Web, and show and exchange that information. The term RSS developed from an abbreviation that can be interpreted in ...

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