The Atom Publishing Protocol (RFC5023) (AtomPub) standard has been released from the The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). This is the partner specification to the Atom Syndication Format (Atom) for exposing web resources, published just over a year ago.
..geek speak from IBM:
The Atom Publishing Protocol is an HTTP-based approach for creating and editing Web resources. It is designed fundamentally around the idea of using the basic operations provided by the HTTP protocol (such as GET, PUT, and DELETE) to pass around instances of Atom 1.0 Feed and Entry documents that represent things like blog entries, podcasts, wiki pages, calendar entries and so on.
The spec for Atom was born out of discussions about the shortcomings of the various RSS RFCs. It has come to save us from all their weaknesses and incompatibilities by introducing a new set of strong incompatibilities ...
It has various proponents, with project leadership from Joe Gregorio of Google, but time will tell if this becomes the first choice for syndication of blogs and other content, and automated stuff doing (ASD) and the rise of emergent semi-autonomous business contingencies and that sort of carry on. ;)
A Japanese translation is available: Gihyo.jp reports that Yohei Yamamoto and a group from Ricoh Corp. has translated the standard:
Atom Publishing Protocol 日本語
Atom (standard) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Japanese
Note: Have to see how to implement this in my blog of choice BlogCFC which I currently use XML-RPC with.
Japanese language gets screwed up between my favourite Blog Writer and BlogCFC, which is why there isn't much Japanese content so far.
I haven't sat down and figured out why yet.
The admin interface handles it okay. I guess I'll have to crack open some components.
Works a charm for English though. Nice screen snipper plugin.