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Re: Vote: 6 Admin Edits to RSS Spec

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  • Randy Morin
    All the amendments are approved. Voting Results were 7-0 in favor. For: Querna,Camdem,Parman,Cadenhead,Holderness,Carletti,Morin Against: none Didn t vote:
    Message 1 of 9 , Mar 28, 2009
      All the amendments are approved.

      Voting Results were 7-0 in favor.

      For: Querna,Camdem,Parman,Cadenhead,Holderness,Carletti,Morin
      Against: none
      Didn't vote: Lunt,Levine,Shellen,Savin


      --- In rss-board@yahoogroups.com, "rcade" <cadenhead@...> wrote:
      >
      > Today begins the seven-day vote on the six proposed admin edits to the RSS spec.
      >
      > I've restated the proposal in full here:
      >
      > I'd like the board to consider some administrative changes that have been long-needed on the RSS 2.0 specification. These edits have no implications to the elements and attributes that make up the RSS format.
      >
      > I'd like the board to adopt all of the following six edits to the spec:
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      > 1. The spec, unlike the RSS Profile, does not contain a link to the Feed Validator. I'd like to add this sentence to the About a Document [1] section: "RSS documents can be tested for validity in the RSS Validator [2]."
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      > 2. The About the Document section contains two incorrect statements: "This document represents the status of RSS as of the Fall of 2002, version 2.0.1. It incorporates all changes and additions, starting with the basic spec for RSS 0.91 (June 2000) and includes new features introduced in RSS 0.92 (December 2000) and RSS 0.94 (August 2002)."
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      > The reference to RSS 0.94 is incorrect -- that version was withdrawn right after publication and renumbered as RSS 2.0. Also, the Fall 2002 date and 2.0.1 version number are seven years out of date. The current document version number and publication date are identified in the Archivist's Note atop the specification.
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      > I'd like to change these two paragraphs to the single sentence "This document represents the current status of RSS, incorporating all changes and additions starting with the basic spec for RSS 0.91 (June 2000) and follows RSS 0.92 (December 2000), RSS 2.0 (August 2002), and RSS 2.0.1 (July 2003)." Each of the old specs on rssboard.org would be linked in the paragraph.
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      > 3. In the Enclosure section [3], the use case for the element is not hosted at rssboard.org and is intermittently unavailable or slow due to server crashes. I'd like to change the link to a locally hosted copy of the use case document at [4]. We're already doing this for other documentation required by the specification in the cloud [5] and item [6] sections.
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      > 4. The Comments section [7] also links to an external document required by the spec. I'd like to change the link to a locally hosted copy of the document at [8].
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      > 5. The ttl section [9] contains a link to Gnutella that has been broken for years. I'd like to remove this link.
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      > 6. The definitions for skipHours and skipDays in the supporting document [10] are extremely short. I'd like to bring them into the specification's optional channel elements section [11] by replacing "More info here" with the definitions.
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      > skipHours becomes "A hint for aggregators telling them which hours they can skip. This element contains up to 24 <hour> sub-elements whose value is a number between 0 and 23, representing a time in GMT, when aggregators, if they support the feature, may not read the channel on hours listed in the skipHours element. The hour beginning at midnight is hour zero."
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      > skipDays becomes "A hint for aggregators telling them which days they can skip. This element contains up to seven <day> sub-elements whose value is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Aggregators may not read the channel during days listed in the skipDays element."
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      > The only change I made in copying the definitions over is changing "An XML element" to "This element". No elements in the spec are defined by calling them "XML elements."
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      > 1: http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification#aboutThisDocument
      > 2: http://www.rssboard.org/rss-validator
      > 3: http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification#ltenclosuregtSubelementOfLtitemgt
      > 4: http://www.rssboard.org/rss-enclosures-use-case
      > 5: http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification#ltcloudgtSubelementOfLtchannelgt
      > 6: http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification#hrelementsOfLtitemgt
      > 7: http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification#hrelementsOfLtitemgt
      > 8: http://www.rssboard.org/rss-weblog-comments-use-case
      > 9: http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification#ltttlgtSubelementOfLtchannelgt
      > 10: http://www.rssboard.org/skip-hours-days
      > 11: http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification#optionalChannelElements
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