Back in the days of the RSS wars, it made sense—sort of—to provide both RSS 2.0 and Atom syndication feeds. Well, not really. Providing both XML formats has always been problematic from the users’ perspective.
Dean Allen’s astute observation of the usability problems associated with offering dueling XML formats hit me like a two-by-four between the eyes.
Yikes. Something that seemed like a good idea at the time clearly wasn’t. As Jon Gruber notes, it’s like “asking website visitors what flavor of HTML they wanted: ‘No XHTML 1.0 Strict for me. HTML 4.01 Transitional, please.’”
So, sometime tomorrow afternoon, I’ll be removing the Atom syndication feed from this website. If you’re subscribed to the Atom feed, you’ll need to switch to the RSS 2.0 format.
Update: Sunday, 20 April 2008 01:15PM CDT: The Atom XML format has been fully deprecated on this website. Use the RSS 2.0 feed.