Like your syndication politics tasty and fresh? Head over
DeWitt Clinton’s Unto.net and read
On RSS and Atom.
Clinton’s at A9, Amazon.com’s Silly Valley search-wonk cauldron, and his stuff
keeps coming across my radar in recent weeks. Anyhow, he has what seems to me
a clear-eyed and dispassionate evaluation of the feed-format choices facing
implementors these days. There is one place he gets it backward, saying:
“I’ve been consistently impressed with how well the authors of the Atom
syndication format anticipated the needs of the advanced content syndication
community.” No; Atom’s design reflects the
backward-looking experience we got in the last few years of working
with RSS; it turns out that the future is somewhat like the past.
But don’t stop when you get to the end of DeWitt’s piece, there are dozens of
comments, most of them instructive, coming at the issue from all sorts of directions.
Scoble pushed back at length, follow the pointer from his comment. Someone
who signs himself “Raja” has an awfully familiar style.
And a final note: when Mr. Clinton talks about XML, for example an RSS
<description> element, he says
<description/>. Now, that’s the kind of pedantry I can relate to.