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When should I use the RSS feed type?
When should I use the ATOM feed type?
When should I use the HTML feed type?




developerWorks now offers you three ways to get the content feeds you want. Find out more about each feed type and pick the one that best suits your needs. Then build your own custom feed.


When should I use the RSS feed type?

The RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, format is a text-based XML format that lets you pull content from another Web site and display it using an RSS feed reader. The feed reader executes the XML code, displaying the content in a readable format with a list of titles and links. RSS has been tested and established for several years. If you depend on tried-and-true technologies, RSS is for you. (Learn more about RSS.)


When should I use the Atom feed type?

The Atom format, which is also text-based XML, is similar to RSS but is relatively still in its infancy. Atom was developed to improve upon RSS and, althought it is not as firmly established as RSS, can potentially offer you more flexibility in the presentation and maintainability of your feeds. If you like to dabble in emerging and newer technologies, Atom is for you. (Learn more about Atom.)


When should I use the HTML feed type?

The HTML format is an easy way to display RSS feeds on your Web site without using a feed reader. You can specify the paramaters for the type and amount of content you want, and the HTML code is put together and displayed for you. You can copy and paste the HTML code right into your own Web page. Once you have the code, you can easily update the code to change the paramaters or customize the presenation of the content. If you like to have flexibility in displaying new content on your Web site, HTML is for you. Learn more about how the HTML format work in a demo from developerWorks.


Terms of use
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION PROVIDES THIS RSS FEED AND RELATED INFORMATION ON AN "AS IS" BASIS. YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO COPY THE FEED AND INCLUDE IT IN YOUR WEBSITE FOR ITS INTENDED PURPOSE. IBM DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE WARRANTY OF NON-INFRINGEMENT AND THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IBM SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR OPERATION OF THIS RSS FEED. The use of the RSS Feed and any IBM information, products and services should be based on your own due diligence and you agree that IBM is not liable for any success or failure of your business that is directly or indirectly related to use of our RSS Feed and any IBM information, products and services.

Important: All information provided by the RSS Feed should be independently verified and confirmed. You agree to assume all risk resulting from any use of the information provided by an RSS Feed.


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