I had no idea that people were working on RSS 1.1!
A quick look suggests it’s a cleaned-up version of 1.0. The text of the draft says as much, “RSS 1.1 is hence to be considered a bugfix and streamline release of RSS 1.0 for users of RSS 1.0 who do not want to migrate to Atom.”
It looks good. I like it. My favorite change is removing that items sequence thing that was in RSS 1.0.
But there is a little bad news in here too, unfortunately. I’ll explain:
In RSS 1.0, every <item> had to have an rdf:about attribute that functioned as a unique identifier. NetNewsWire used this as the equivalent of an RSS guid or an Atom id.
Unique identifiers are hugely important to aggregators. Huge. I can’t stress this often enough or strongly enough.
In RSS 1.0 these unique identifiers were mandatory. In RSS 1.1, they are not mandatory. This is a step backwards.
Is there any way that this could be changed?
Update 5:00 p.m.: I heard from Sean Palmer—and it’s not too late to change it. In the next draft of the RSS 1.1 specification the rdf:about attribute will be required. I’m quite pleased.