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Re: Some random ideas around (broken) XML

From: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 07:34:25 -0500
Message-ID: <4B03E9D1.8030300@intertwingly.net>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
CC: Karl Dubost <karl+w3c@la-grange.net>, www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>
Julian Reschke wrote:
> Karl Dubost wrote:
>> ...
>> The fact is that many atom feeds are broken for many reasons.
>> * edited by hand
>> * created by templating tools which are not XML producers
>> * mixing content from different sources (html, db, xml) with different 
>> encodings
>> It means when designing an atom feed consumer, implementers are forced 
>> to recover the broken content to be able to make it usable by the 
>> crowd (social impact). Second part of the postel laws "Be liberal in 
>> what you accept".
>> ...
> Are you *really* sure about that? My understanding is that there are 
> popular Atom consumers that require proper XML (except for the RFC3023 
> issue), and that falling back to handle broken XML is actually not 
> needed (opposed to RSS).

That *might* be the case for AtomPub, but my experience is that there 
are a few feed consumers that require well formed XML (Microsoft's RSS 
Platform and Dare's RSS Bandit come to mind), and those that do require 
it both for all flavors of RSS and for Atom.

> BR, Julian

- Sam Ruby
Received on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 12:35:08 UTC

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