APML is an XML
Extensible Markup Language is a set of rules for encoding documents in machine-readable form. It is defined in the XML 1.0 Specification produced by the W3C, and several other related specifications, all gratis open standards....

-based format for expressing a person's interests and dislikes.


APML allows people to share their own personal attention profile in much the same way that OPML
OPML is an XML format for outlines...

 allows the exchange of reading lists between news readers. The idea behind APML is to compress all forms of attention data into a portable file format containing a description of the user's rated interests.

The APML Workgroup

The APML Workgroup is tasked with maintaining and refining the APML specification. The APML Workgroup is made up of industry experts and leaders and was founded by Chris Saad and Ashley Angell. The workgroup allows public recommendations and input, and actively evangelises the public’s "Attention Rights". The workgroup also adheres to the principles of Media 2.0 Best Practices.


Services that have adopted APML
  • Bloglines
    Bloglines is a web-based news aggregator for reading syndicated feeds using the RSS and Atom formats. Mark Fletcher, former CEO of ONElist, founded the site in June 2003 and sold it in February 2005 to Ask.com/InterActiveCorp. In 2005, it hosted more than 200 million searchable blog articles. On...

     is an RSS reader. It is one of the major RSS readers on the web, with its main competitor being Google Reader
    Google Reader
    Google Reader is a Web-based aggregator, capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or offline. It was released by Google on October 7, 2005 through Google Labs. Reader was graduated from beta status on September 17, 2007.-Interface:...

    . Bloglines announced it will support APML.
  • OpenLink Data Spaces is a Distributed Collaborative Web Application Platform, Social Network and Content Management System.


Example taken from the APML wikisite.

Example APML file for apml.org
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