Re: Postel's law, exceptions
On Jan 13, 2004, at 12:26 PM, Simon St.Laurent wrote: > This has come up before, but the chant "Postel's law has no exceptions" > seems to be coming again, in the RSS context. This has evolved into a useful empirical experiment. Two of the leading aggregator authors (those of NetNewsWire and FeedDemon) have stated that for Atom, they will use a real XML parser and require well-formedness. Another, NewsGator, has announced that he will use a forgiving parser for Atom. If Pilgrim and Swartz are correct, we will see the level of malformed feeds stay constant, and NewsGator gain market share from the others because it is able to read them. If the Draconian party is correct, we will see the number of malformed feeds decline drastically and the market share vary as a function of quality and features - NewsGator potentially at a disadvantage as he'll have more parsing machinery to build and maintain. Stay tuned -Tim
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