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

Andreas Haugstrup solitude at solitude.dk
Sun Aug 14 21:54:08 PDT 2005

On Mon, 15 Aug 2005 04:08:34 +0200, Stephen Downes <stephen at downes.ca>  

> So what's the difference? Specifically: XHTML uses elements (such as  
> 'p', 'h1', etc) that are interpreted automatically by your browser,  
> while RSS uses elements (such as 'item','title', etc) that your browser  
> requires XSLT in order to interpret.

And that's an unnecessary addition of complexity for blogs. I can either  
send an HTML document down the line, or I can send some more or less  
random XML document which would then be transformed into HTML anyway.  
Might as well send down HTML to begin with.

> Today's browsers can all do this; they can easily display XML using XSLT  
> (here is an example: http://www.downes.ca/news/OLDaily.xml )

I just got my usual display XML display (inline items, no formatting). My  
browser doesn't support XSLT - it understands HTML just fine. (Opera 8)

> but the kicker is, the XSLT declaration needs to be contained in the RSS  
> file and the XSLT must be located in the same domain as the RSS (for the  
> browser; on the server side, any XSLT may be applied without restraint).

So do your XSLT on the server. I don't see why this sort of thing should  
be moved to the client. My browser is sending HTTP headers telling you  
what it prefers.

- Andreas
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