[microformats-discuss] Evaulating RSS per the microformats principles.

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Sun Aug 14 15:41:05 PDT 2005

On Aug 14, 2005, at 3:03 PM, Alf Eaton wrote:
> On 14 Aug 2005, at 21:51, Andreas Haugstrup wrote:
>> On Sun, 14 Aug 2005 21:10:39 +0200, Michal Migurski  
>> <mike at stamen.com> wrote:
>>> There are no technical reasons that RSS couldn't be used to store  
>>> archives or contain more than the latest entries, only social  
>>> ones. Interestingly, using software such as Blosxom gives you  
>>> this RSS archiving for free, e.g. http://mike.teczno.com/notes/ 
>>> 2005/07/index.rss vs. http://mike.teczno.com/notes/2005/07/. Do  
>>> other blogging programs do this? My experience with MT or WP has  
>>> been minimal.
>> But I can't use that RSS archive for anything. I can't read it (or  
>> I'll have to add it to a subscription list to read it just once).  
>> I can't link to it. For it to be usable as an archive format RSS  
>> readers will have to reinvent every aspect of the webbrowser -  
>> with an added RSS wrapper. That's more tha a little silly.
> There's already an HTML version for you to read in your browser  
> [1], but the XML version of a single post (RSS in this case [2]) is  
> still a great place to store metadata

Really? A better place than in HTML?

> - and of course you can link to it (and so can the HTML page, and  
> vice versa).

But can you view it in your browser? Can it be styled in your browser?

> Remember Ken MacLeod's "Is a feed the right place for your  
> data?" [3]: Blosxom can make different versions of each post  
> easily, based on templates, and so can Movable Type - RDF for  
> example [4]. Once the Atom Publishing Protocol is in place, each  
> post will have a version in Atom too.

Right, and they can also produce (X)HTML.


> [1] http://mike.teczno.com/notes/podcasting.html
> [2] http://mike.teczno.com/notes/podcasting.rss
> [3] http://bitsko.slc.ut.us/blog/feed-data.html
> [4] http://hublog.hubmed.org/archives/001142.html
> alf.
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