Re: Structured blogging (was: Understanding Scaling - Critical
On 5/23/05, Ronald Bourret <rpbourret@r...> wrote: > Hmmm. Structured Blogging. Looks a lot like SGML on the Web. Didn't > somebody try to do that a while back ;) ? > Well, as best I understand it, the 'structured data" would be microformats embedded in HTML or RSS, not generic XML markup. Generic XML on the Web didn't work out so well,, but this would just be additional information that generic browsers / aggregators would quietly ignore but "prospective" tools that understood the microformat could eaily map into data about auctions, events, items for sale, etc. It definitely could work technically, but I haven't decided whether I believe it can work given the way people really are. After all, this could have been done with HTML META tags 10 years ago, and it didn't happen. Will people figure out how to agree on a common set of markup conventions with known semantics, or a scalable way of negotiating them? Or will it be a matter of what Froogle wants, Froogle gets, and godhelpusall if the IP lawyers start fighting over who owns what microformat. Will there be a business model that can actually support this? If you kill the proprietary data that powers eBay, etc., will the orderly marketplace it supports die too? What about the spammers, phishers, and other bottom dwellers? Spammers pretty well killed the value of the META tag, how can they be prevented from killing "structured blogging"?
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