[uf-new] Re: hAtom is not a silver bullet

Edward O'Connor hober0 at gmail.com
Thu May 3 13:48:39 PDT 2007

Manu Sporny wrote:

> The argument has been put forth several times during the audio-info
> exploratory process that hAtom should be used, directly, for
> publishing information related to audio[...] While hAtom /could/ be
> used for this purpose, I hope to outline several reasons on why this
> is a bad idea[...]
> 2. hAtom has a very strong "syndication" background and is not fit for
> describing audio recordings. They are different solutions.

I don't understand this objection.

Yes, hAtom is based on Atom, and Atom is a syndication format. But you
can use hAtom for many non-syndication purposes.

For instance, the basic data in an hAtom entry (id, published/updated
date(s), title, author, content) map extremely well onto representing
mail, e- or otherwise. An example of such a use is
<http://federali.st/>, a marked up form of the Federalist Papers.

So the origin of hAtom in a syndication background isn't, as such, a
reasonable reason to object to its use in non-syndication contexts.


Edward O'Connor
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