Re: rss regularis(z)ation
On Mon, 21 Jul 2003 20:39:11 -0700, Dare Obasanjo <dareo@m...> wrote: > Your comments do not reflect my experiences with the world of RSS. Can > you clarify with concrete examples instead of generalisms? Nah, I think I'll shut up now :-) I really just skim the surface of the RSS/Atom worlds periodically, so don't have any concrete examples. I jumped in only to pushback on the assertion that RSS is not an example of the success of "XML" because of the casual use of the standards by some/many [let's not go there] RSS practioners. I just find it very interesting to watch the interplay of "basic" XML concepts such as tagnames / attributes / text and "advanced" XML technology such as schemas and namespaces in a world that has no recognized authority to make decisions and enforce them. My current hypothesis is that the "advanced" stuff requires more order than many real-world communities can offer, but the "basic" stuff just trucks along even when the parties involved are not on speaking terms. So, people SHOULD be conservative in what they produce, but that requires some agreement on standards, and that process is about people and personalities and politics rather than technology. RSS is not unique -- for example, the SOAP "reliable messaging" space is just as contentious, if not as nasty, in creating incompatible "standards" for what look to an outsider like the same damn thing. Maybe the "be liberal in what you consume" phase needs to go on longer before people worry too much about what the standard is ... and there is a big chunk of the XML corpus that works just fine without that. But that's xml-dev permathread Zero, and I can't think of anything new to say about it!
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