This feature has been removed from the Web. Though some browsers may still support it, it is in the process of being dropped. Do not use it in old or new projects. Pages or Web apps using it may break at any time.
RSS 0.90 is the earliest known version of RSS released to the public, and was replaced by Netscape's RSS 0.91 (Revision 1). It was created by Netscape to be a metadata format providing a summary of a website. (And not only a syndication format, as it is today.)
RSS 0.90 is an RDF-based format.
When RSS 0.90 was created, the RSS initialization stood for Rich Site Summary and not Really Simple Syndication. (See RSS - What is in a Name for more info on RSS's naming history.)
NOTE: RSS 0.90 has been deprecated. Producers of RSS SHOULD NOT be creating RSS 0.90 feeds, and SHOULD instead use a newer non-deprecated RSS format. (See the RSS Versions List for a list of non-deprecated RSS formats.) Consumers of RSS SHOULD still be able to accept RSS 0.90 feeds though.
RSS 0.90 looked something like this:
<?xml version="1.0"?> <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns="http://my.netscape.com/rdf/simple/0.9/" > <channel> <title>Mozilla Dot Org</title> <link>http://www.mozilla.org</link> <description>the Mozilla Organization web site</description> </channel> <image> <title>Mozilla</title> <url>http://www.mozilla.org/images/moz.gif</url> <link>http://www.mozilla.org</link> </image> <item> <title>New Status Updates</title> <link>http://www.mozilla.org/status/</link> </item> <item> <title>Bugzilla Reorganized</title> <link>http://www.mozilla.org/bugs/</link> </item> <item> <title>Mozilla Party, 2.0!</title> <link>http://www.mozilla.org/party/1999/</link> </item> <item> <title>Unix Platform Parity</title> <link>http://www.mozilla.org/build/unix.html</link> </item> <item> <title>NPL 1.0M published</title> <link>http://www.mozilla.org/NPL/NPL-1.0M.html</link> </item> </rdf:RDF>
Note that here, RSS is being used to list sections of the web site. Rather than for syndication.
The original RSS 0.90 specification has disappeared from its original location:
Copies of it have been saved, and can be viewed at the following locations: