RSS and ATOM feeds
The Spat Blog, offers an ATOM feed so you can get all the info
easily and quickly! ATOM is a simple way to read and write information on the
web, allowing you to easily keep track of more sites in less time, and to seamlessly
share your words and ideas by publishing to the web. ATOM is sometimes reffered
to as RSS.
What is RSS?
"RSS" stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a standard for
publishing regular updates to web-based content. RSS makes reviewing a large
number of sites in a very short time possible. For us, RSS permits instant
distribution of content updates to consumers.
What's the difference between RSS and ATOM?
RSS is just one standard for expressing feeds as XML. Another well-known choice
is Atom, which is technically what we are using. There's a bit of a format
war under way with the developers in both camps; only time will tell if the
development community embraces a single evolutionary standard or not. Most
feed users simply want fresh content and couldn't care less about the underlying
protocol. As this happens, RSS is becoming the goto word for any and all syndicated
feeds. Hence our use of the word. Most likely, you won't have to be able to
tell the difference, as many RSS readers support both formats.
How can I read the feed?
If you already have a program use this link:
If you don't have a program yet, you will need one. Special pieces of software
called Newsreaders (or Aggregators) can scan feeds such as our feed, to automatically let you know when the site has been updated. Examples
are FeedDemon, RSSReader (Windows), Bloglines (web-based), NetNewsWire and Shrook (Mac
OS X). There are more are listed at AtomEnabled.org.
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