Nick ansers in relation to his Feed News Reader, but it is good advice for any and all feeds you acutal what someone to use/read. (He just gets more questions than me!)
Nick Bradbury: “Optimizing your RSS feed for FeedDemon
- Include each item’s publication date, either with <pubDate> or with <dc:date>.A large number of feeds don’t include the publication date of each news item, which means that News Readers can only show when an item was received (downloaded).
- Use a short, descriptive <title> for each news item. If you don’t have useful titles, readers may not know whether they want to read what you have to say.
- Don’t skip the <description>. Some feeds contain only titles, forcing people to visit their sites if they want to read an item. This also hampers
offline reading, which is a major annoyance for some people.
- Avoid excessive HTML formatting in your descriptions. If you want people to see your design skills, point them to your site rather than unnecessarily bloating your RSS feed.