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Re: ISSUE-4: Versioning, namespace URIs and MIME types

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 15:37:06 +0200
Cc: "Sam Ruby" <rubys@intertwingly.net>, www-archive@w3.org
Message-Id: <3B24A0E8-BA2A-478A-AB4B-81DBD1B4CE21@iki.fi>
To: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
On Feb 19, 2009, at 13:56, Anne van Kesteren wrote:

> On Thu, 19 Feb 2009 12:40:07 +0100, Sam Ruby  
> <rubys@intertwingly.net> wrote:
>> This problem is way worse with title, there the specs and consumers  
>> (mostly) agree that it is plain text, yet the producers (mostly)  
>> agree that it is entity encoded HTML.  That's why you might see  
>> things like AT&amp;T in headlines.
>> The only way forward in situations like this is to start over with  
>> a new format.  People will never stop using RSS, but people who  
>> have a need for the problems that Atom fixes will migrate.  And  
>> consumers will support both.
> I think RSS5 could have worked actually given that consumers  
> presumably have some interoperability or can get aligned because of  
> the feeds already deployed. It was mostly for political reasons that  
> such an approach was abandoned though presumably also because it's  
> less hassle to simply start over and leave the mess to implementors.  
> (See also design motivations for e.g. XForms.)

FWIW, I agree. In retrospect, I think we should have done RSS5 despite  
the objections of the steward of RSS. Having Atom didn't help feed  
consumer apps that still need to sort out the RSS <title> disaster  
when RSS is served to them.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Thursday, 19 February 2009 13:37:48 UTC

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