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 gives it as "a Creator of" and "helped create" rather than "inventor" or "sole creator". I would consider this pretty accurate (and I was involved in the same RSS at the time). Some of the best description of this is through the diveintomark site (linked), particularly the articles on RSS versioning and history. Boing Boing has also given pretty accurate, and more detailed, coverage of this.
The point is that Aaron didn't invent RSS, when RSS was a new format at version 0.90 from Netscape. He wasn't even particularly interested in RSS for itself, his interest was more in the field of RDF. As RDF needed a poster application, and RSS was already making use of it, it made sense to Aaron and others to use RSS as such a technology demonstrator. The result was RSS 1.0, the most developed RSS version and one based on a number of powerful standards like RDF and Dublin Core.
It's worth noting that RSS split badly around this time, with one version going off after a solo diva and the other following a collaborative and better thought-out approach. Aaron was a much-appreciated member and driving force behind the team effort. Andy Dingley (talk) 01:18, 18 February 2013 (UTC)
Thank you both. I guess it's an aspect of the world that Swartz chose not to continue in that such simple minded and distorted reports occur. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 11:17, 18 February 2013 (UTC)
It seems like the History section needs updating. It only goes up to 2007 and there are significant events related to RSS happening in 2013. Apple has removed support for RSS from OS X Mountain Lion. Google has taken down their RSS reader and removed support from Chrome for Mac. Firefox for Mac has removed support (or not added it). Google has stopped supporting Feedburner and has taken down the APIs. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 21:43, 15 August 2013 (UTC)
The article is packed with information and is ok to read; it was quite handy to get a get a heads-up on RSS. But some areas could use a bit of clarification/simplification. I did some editing (18.104.22.168) on the first part but it's still not clearly stated what checks the target site for updates, what downloads any flag, and what downloads the new data- probably many units/functions/software are involved. If so, the slant of the article is a bit misleading. CPES (talk) 21:38, 5 September 2013 (UTC)
'RSS' doesn't download anything. RSS is a passive format, downloading is done by newsfeed readers and feed aggregators – pieces of software. Your question is a good one and should be answered, but should that be done in the feed reader article, or in a larger scope overall article on RSS newsfeeds? Andy Dingley (talk) 22:51, 5 September 2013 (UTC)
Good points Andy. From what you imply and as I understand it, RSS is just a standard. But the term is used in different ways as are many terms (in the UK 'MOT' for example) and this can fudge the issue.
Arranging the related RSS articles into a coherent structure, as you imply, is the way. This is the case with many subjects but, often, it's difficult to do and maintain due to the nature of Wiki.
My initial thoughts are that one article, essentially covering all major RSS areas, would do the job and would be the simplest approach. The article could have sections covering, RSS Standard, RSS Use, RSS History, RSS Readers... Just first thoughts though; the danger is that this approach may result in a very long article. Once the facts are there though, it's often possible to shorten, sometimes considerably, an article just by rearranging the words and eliminating repetition.
I arrived here as a result of trying to get an overview of RSS; at least I know a bit about it now, especially what RSS really stands for! CPES (talk) 19:03, 6 September 2013 (UTC)