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About: Sam Ruby: Tossing Roses - the view from Atom


source: Sam Ruby, MR Safe
Q: It has been 31 months since I last talked to Tim Bray, Jon Udell, Joshua Allen, Chad Dickerson, Dave Winer and John Gotze.  Can I have an update?  Are Funky extensions still an issue?
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Q: Hmmm.  And what's this I hear about silent data loss?

A: Well, the effective content model for RSS has been described as "Here's something that might be HTML. Or maybe not. I can't tell you, and you can't guess." so things that look like HTML are routinely misinterpreted.  The author of FeedDemon indicates that he gets multiple bug reports per week on this issue alone.

Q: Couldn't that simply be solved by identifying which elements are HTML and which elements are plain text?

A: Yes

Q: How long could that take? ....

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Q: I don't want to hear about Atom.  Everybody is talking about RSS. Surely in that time there was an updat  to RSS?

A: There were several.  There was an RSS 1.1.  And an individual I never heard of who is working on an RSS 3.0.  In RSS 2.0, an example was added to indicate how HTML could be used in one of the elements, but plain text remained valid.  Oh, and ownership of the 2.0 spec transferred to Harvard.

Q: Harvard?  They are a respectable institution.  That should be pretty safe, right?

A: Well an RSS Advisory Board was set up, and they did all the work.  Harvard reportedly is "delighted to know that many members of the RSS community continue to work on relevant issues to move the industry along in various ways, including related to the spec itself, Harvard has no involvement with any of these efforts."
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Tags

  1. rss-dogs
  2. feeds
  3. atom
  4. rssboard
  5. mr safe
  6. tim bray

Comments


Seth says
apparently Mr Safe has been going around for sometime url http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2003/06/27.html

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