DeWitt Clinton of A9 has been talking about RSS vs Atom, and is recommending that developers use Atom.
Robert Scoble responded by asking "where's the Atom publishing tool and aggregator that demonstrates Atom's superiority?"
Dewitt is calling for these apps:
"We should start embedding addresses, calendars, products, and contact information in our syndicated feeds. And we should start expecting our feed reader applications to notice this rich data and automatically open address books and maps and shopping carts whenever they can."
He's exactly right and of course these ideas are nothing new. I've been playing with calendar and geocode data in RSSBus feeds since I read about GeoRSS. Microformats and rich data, if standardized, will be invaluable in both RSS and Atom feeds.
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