20 April 2005

RSS - What does it stand for?

And another thing....!

While I was talking about it...

It's not important. In fact it's better the way it is. But it still niggles me every time I see it.

RSS.

Every reference you see says the same thing... that RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication'.

Well, that may be a really good description of what it is/does, and it may be what it stands for nowadays, but that's NOT what RSS stood for when it was created.

RSS stands for 'RDF Site Summary'

It was Netscape's development of the xml-based Resource Description Framework (RDF).

Ok, it's nothing like as catchy or explanatory as 'Really Simple Syndication' ... but I'm a pedant!




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