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1. Introduction > 1.2. A Short History of RSS and Atom

A Short History of RSS and Atom

In the Developer’s Bars of the world—those dark, sordid places filled with grizzled coders and their clans—a special corner is always reserved for the developers of content-syndication standards. There, weeping into their beer, you’ll find the veterans of a long and difficult process. Most likely, they will have the Thousand Yard Stare of those who have seen more than they should. The standards you will read about in this book were not born fresh and innocent, of a streamlined process overseen by the Wise and Good. Rather, the following chapters have been dragged into the world and tempered through brawls, knife fights, and the occasional riot. What has survived, it is hoped, is hardy enough to prosper for the foreseeable future.


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