Submitted by Joey Manley on March 22, 2004 - 16:27
I'm reading up on RSS right now, in part to understand the technology better just out of curiosity, and in part so that I can supplement the Modern Tales syndication service with RSS-compatible feeds for those who want them. The MT system was designed to be very, very easy for webmasters to insert certain specific comics (those approved by the cartoonists for such use) on their own websites, without having to have an RSS interpreter on their server or embedded in their webpages. However, for LiveJournal support, and for any other number of reasons, offering RSS to the cartoonists as an option is also desirable.
But I'm confused.
Apparantly, there are two separate technologies called RSS (they started off as one, but branched due to a split in the developer community). RSS .91, or something like that, was first. Then came RSS 1.0, which is nothing like RSS .92, both of which are to be developed further by their respective factions. In fact, there's already an RSS 2.0, which is either a continuation of RSS .92 or a continuation of RSS 1.0 -- I'm so confused I don't even know.
Which RSS should I go with? What are the key differences? Does any of this matter?