[uf-discuss] Rationale for providing hAtom instead of Atom/RSS feeds

Brian Suda brian.suda at gmail.com
Wed May 28 01:25:18 PDT 2008

2008/5/28, Mark Ng <mark at markng.me.uk>:
> > 2008/5/28 André Luís <andr3.pt at gmail.com>:
>  >
>  > Can someone provide me with a real use case?

--- someone else can confirm the details, but sites like technorati
(and/or google/yahoo!) crawl the HTML pages and attempt to use
heuristics to determine what the title, summary, publication date and
other entry items could be. By adding the additional semantics of
hAtom, you are making things explicit and then they can avoid guessing
at what you mean, and understand what you intended.

Applications like Flock or Reblog could build plugins, so when you
right-click on the HTML page on the hAtom entry, the context menu
could understand where the post starts and stops, and extract other
metadata. This interaction takes place on the page were you are
viewing the text, rather than in some secondary RSS reading tool.


brian suda

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