Friday, 14 May 2004

Okay so here's a question for ya:

RSS - what does it stand for?

I've always seen it referred to as Really Simple Syndication, like they say here. But I've found others (although not recently) referring to it as Rich Site Summary.

So, which is it? I know the original RSS format, a Netscape thing intended to assist in building news portals and delivering content, eventually grew and branched into differing “standards.” Is that where the terms split maybe?


  • in "RSS 0.91" it stands for "Rich Site Summary"
  • in "RSS 1.0" it stands for "RDF Site Summary"
  • in "RSS 2.0" it stands for "Really Simple Syndication"

So much for “standards.” :-)

Not like it matters, really - but I was just wondering.

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Friday, 14 May 2004 20:37:46 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Friday, 14 May 2004 21:12:38 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
so, it DOES stand for all of them, and you can see Dave Winer's blog ( to learn way, way more than you ever needed to about the whole controversy. Netscape originally developed the "standard", then when Netscape was sold nothing was done with it. Dave Winer started using it in his own version, some of the old Netscape programmers made their own version, and things have continued to fester.
Friday, 14 May 2004 21:22:31 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Ahhh yes. Dave and festering. ;)

Not to mention Atom - heh.
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