Two Atom related news items today.
First, O'Reilly has launched DOAP support for CodeZoo that leverages Atom 1.0's flexible content model. What is most interesting about what O'Reilly is doing is that Atom allows them to do what they want to do without introducing any new extension elements to the Atom feed. Their application specific content is completely contained within the content of the Atom entry.
The second big piece of news is that Google News is now being published as RSS and Atom 0.3 feeds. While I'm a bit annoyed that they didn't go ahead and use Atom 1.0 instead of Atom 0.3, that's ok, it is at least a step in the right direction. Dave Winer's reaction is quite predictable. He attempts to chide Google for using the generic term "News feeds" rather than "RSS" goes on to bash Atom in a not so subtle way. In Dave's words, "Like it or not... the technology is called RSS.... Like it or not ... the format is RSS 2.0". This, of course, is incorrect. Syndicated feeds != RSS. RSS is one very popular way of publishing syndicated feeds, but it is not the only way and it's not the only format. The technology is called syndicated feeds. The format is RSS and/or Atom.