Atom 1.0 is about to ship. Tim Bray has put together a helpful page comparing it with RSS 2.0. It’s unclear to me whether Atom is going to be able to gain any traction at this point; I do think it’s a little better specified than RSS 2.0 (e.g. I like the way you can use
type='text' attributes to specify how your content is formatted), but I don’t think it’s nearly enough better than RSS to compensate for the enormous popularity RSS is achieving.
★ Friday, 15 July 2005