[microformats-discuss] Auto-Discovery

Joshua Porter porter at bokardo.com
Mon Jul 18 09:47:38 PDT 2005

On Jul 15, 2005, at 5:18 PM, Ryan King wrote:

> On Jul 15, 2005, at 4:30 AM, Carl Beeth wrote:
>>> nor would we be
>>> able to do auto-discovery via the profile="...".
>> Again sorry if this is a stupid question but what do we mean with
>> auto-discovery?
> Not a stupid question. I've asked it several times in this thread,  
> though it hasn't been answered.

Mark Pilgrim and Phil Ringnalda on auto-discovery regarding Atom:

"The purpose of Atom autodiscovery is for clients who know the URI of
    a web page to find the location of that page's associated Atom feed.
    For example, say an end user wishes to subscribe to the Atom feed of
    a site.  Their Atom-aware aggregator client could prompt them to
    enter the home page of the site.  The client could retrieve the HTML
    source of the home page, find the Atom autodiscovery element, and
    then retrieve the Atom feed or cache the URI of the Atom feed for
    later retrieval."

Full text here: http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf- 


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