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Full Content RSS Fragments

June 14, 2003 Written by Charles Cook

Ziv Caspi describes the issue of bandwidth being wasted when only one or two items change in an RSS feed which contains full content (I also mentioned this a few weeks ago). Since I switched to full content in my RSS feeds I've found that I tend to batch up items over the course of a day for publishing rather than publish them individually when I write them. This is not particularly rational because I now have more than enough bandwidth but it doesn't feel right that when I post an entry of only a few lines the subscribed aggregators will each download a large file, for example 33 KBytes for the index.rdf feed right now, rather than an RSS file of ~3 KBytes and the content of the new entry.