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IT Conversations show: "Atom As A Case Study". This is a recording of Tim Bray's talk at ETech 2006. Here are Tim's related links for this talk.gigavox
The biggest argument against RSS seems to be the lack of detail in the RSS 2.0 specification itself. Internet protocols and standards must be very precisely defined, and RSS certainly is not. There is something to be said for the simplicity of the RSS 2.0 specification though.

Recently I noticed that the RSS 2.0 spec says that the url attribute of the enclosure element "must be an http url".. I find it odd that the specification would enforce such a thing, which in my opinion it should not do. If I want to include enclosures in my feed, it should be accessible over whatever url scheme I want to expose it through (ftp://, file://, http://, etc.) - and support for the protocol which the enclosure is exposed through should be left up to the consuming software.

Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 7:17 AM Programming , Software , General | Back to top


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