Origin Of RSS – Really Simple Syndication

RSS was created by Ramanathan V. Guha, an Indian computer scientist who while working on Netscape personalized homepage project.

However, the roots for RSS he found in his earlier project for Apple where his team developed Meta Content Framework.

Anyway his first RSS was known as RDF Site Summary, which became known as RSS 0.9. All that happened during the beginning of the year 1999.

In July of 1999, Dan Libby removed RDF elements and added Dave Winner scripting news format of syndication.

He also changed the meaning of the RSS acronym to Rich Site Summary.

After that Netscape because of company internal changes (AOL takeover) stopped working completely on RSS.
Two groups dropped the eye on the project: the RSS-Dev working group and Winner himself.

Userland tried to get copyrights for RSS but failed to give all the needed information and proofs so their claims get rejected in 2001.

RSS-Dev working group with Guha on his side published RSS 1.0 version in December of the year 2000 with again added support for RDF as XML namespace support.

In the same month same year Winner released RSS 0.92 with minor changes in difference to RSS 0.91.In the autumn of 2002 Winner is putting out RSS 2.0,

However, since neither Winner nor RSS-Dev working group did not cooperate with Netscape, nor did they ask for approvals, they did not have rights on name or technologies, so across the net different  RSS development communities could not agree with whom to side.

In 2003, a new format arrived in order to remove the problems that covered RSS history.

During the same year, Winner give copyrights of RSS 2.0 to Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and he launched the RSS Advisory Board which would in the future cover the development of RSS and provide answers to questions related to the format.

In 2005 Microsoft Internet Explorer and Outlook team adopted the standard RSS icon for their uses. After a few months, Opera Software announced the same.