Joshua Allen blogged the Panel on the Future of RSS at Microsoft‘s PDC in Los Angeles, with great folks like Robert Scoble (moderator), Amar Gandhi (MSFT RSS), Jeff Barr (Amazon), Sanaz Ahari (start.com), Greg Reinacker (Newsgator), Mike Ehrenberg (MSFT MBS/CRM), and Doug Purdy. Two really great quotes that merit repeating here:
KISS. If you keep extending RSS, at what point does it become just another XML protocol.
It’s a vocabulary for representing data items; that seems a good place to keep it.
Agreed. As soon as you start introducing information entities, you’ve gone too far.
Precisely. If you keep extending a specific XML language like RSS with custom extensions, you end up with a mess and at worst, a Tower of Babel scenario. Keep RSS simple. It’s a nice envelope format for delivering a dated stream of items.
As you introduce extensions, does this replace RDF? Do you need to handle schema for extensions?
Talking about microformats with technorati, simple extensions and the social feedback loop. If you get into ontologies and taxonomy, it’s squishy.
Thanks for the kind mention Amar. I had the very good opportunity to meet with Amar and other members of the IE RSS team at Microsoft this past week at the PDC and we had an excellent discussion about microformats and how to use them to capture/publish “common” semantic structures in visible data, in HTML, RSS, etc.. Amar originally found out about microformats from Kevin’s post on Gnomedex calendar the microformat way.
Microsoft is one of the co-authors of hReview, and it’s great to see Microsoft’s RSS folks get involved with microformats as well. Welcome.