2Questions and Thoughts
- Aug 14, 2000A few questions:
How was the spec developed? Was it done through email discussion between the
authors? If so, why did you choose this route, instead of a more public
method? Would you be open to making the archives of this discussion
available, so we could see the reasons behind some of the decisions?
How "final" is the spec? Is it stable enough to begin publishing/aggregating
in? Do you still expect discussion on it? Will discussion be able to impact
the final version of the 1.0 spec or will it go into a future version?
Do you plan to update http://weblogs.oreillynet.com/rss/ which is where
http://purl.org/rss/ points to?
Sorry, just sort of taken off guard by the sudden appearance of the spec?
A few thoughts:
I think the image element should also be deprecated and perhaps replaced by
a module that allows per-item images (like Slashdot's "icons").
Proposed addition to the syndication module: the publish-date of the
Possible additions (to fit in somewhere): an author metadata (pointing to an
email address or a website for the author of the item) and persistent IDs
for items (so that corrections to an RSS file don't cause aggregators to
interpret it as a new item, thus duplicating the item).
Also, if I were to publish comments on articles in RSS, how would I say that
the comment refers to a specific article. Is this another module? I have a
feeling this might be supported in RDF, but I'm not sure how.
In conclusion, thanks to all the authors for their hard work and coming out
with a really nice spec. I'm glad to see progress in the RSS format and even
happier to see that RDF is back!
Thanks for all your hard work,
Aaron Swartz |"This information is top security.
<http://swartzfam.com/aaron/>| When you have read it, destroy yourself."
<http://www.theinfo.org/> | - Marshall McLuhan
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