mnot’s blog

Design depends largely on constraints.” — Charles Eames

Friday, 18 April 2003


Pellet, indeed.

Don’s worried about the glaciating influences of having a stable spec for RSS 2.0. I couldn’t disagree more.

Like Don, RSS is my hobby; has been since about 1999, when I started the Syndication list. I watched and occasionally pitched into the RSS wars, to no avail.

At the end of the day, I’m just a little sick of having to support a bunch of different formats that do the same thing; four Internet years is a long time, even these days.

In a perfect world, of course, RSS elements would be namespace-qualified. “cloud” and such would be extensions. The only way to make it perfect is to start fresh, and I’m convinced that eveybody’s sick of Yet Another Syndication Format. It’s time to converge on this stuff. Yes, you can still have your extensions - always could - but let’s settle on a base and be done with it.

None of this means planes or Robert’s Rules; getting an Informational RFC published takes very little effort, no consensus, and means we can have a media type of our very own…

One Comment

Jorgen Thelin said:

As Don does not have comments enabled on his weblog, I posted something in Sam’s item linking to Don’s which bear reading.

My comments basically echo Mark’s points in this post I think:

Summary: “Nothing has changed. Keep innovating!”

Sunday, April 20 2003 at 8:42 AM