The Atom Publishing Protocol, RFC5023, has been published. The HTML is here, and there’s a Japanese translation by Yamamoto Yohei (who’s appeared in this space before). The Working Group has been closed. Good-bye. This piece is something like the boring bit at the end of a conference where they say all the thank-yous, but I do have some news and ranting to spice things up.
Thank-Yous · Joe Gregorio for having been the first with the idea. Sam Ruby, for being the first leader of the conspiracy. Paul Hoffman, for steering us through the IETF waters and keeping my worst impulses under control. Rob Sayre, Mark Nottingham, and Bill de hÓra, for editing. And all the other people who struggled and labored away mightily on the Working Group, getting the product out the door.
Shutting Down · Ship 1.0, then shut down and go home, for a while at least. This is the correct course of action for a standards group. Any other choice is at best risky. Trust me on this.
What Next for Atompub? · I dunno. I think the world needs it. Joe Cheng at Microsoft will code WLW to use the native WordPress API with WP, and various other native APIs with other things, because they have more features than Atompub (see the comments). If everyone is going to be willing to code their clients to work with every different set of publishing-system idiosyncrasies, then Atompub will have been a waste of time.
But that doesn’t seem plausible to me.