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RSS and Atom by Heinz Wittenbrink

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1.4 Semantics: The RSS Model

The common basic functions of the syndication formats can be divided into four categories:

  • Architecture: structure of information
  • Content: description and reproduction of information
  • Identification and linking: relocating to other information on the Web
  • Metadata: description of important characteristics of the information

These requirements are so general that they could as well be listed for other, possibly for almost all, text formats on the Web. Specific to syndication formats, are restrictions within each requirement group.

Even if the different RSS versions clearly differ from each other, the semantics of the most important features of the language are similar. The model of a collection of updated information objects ...

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