[uf-new] Re: hAtom is not a silver bullet
msporny at digitalbazaar.com
Thu May 3 16:16:15 PDT 2007
David Janes wrote:
> However, your characterization of hAtom as having a "syndication"
> background / being some sort of syndication format is wrong
I'm sure I am being dense... but I thought Atom was all about
syndication? Perhaps we have different definitions of what "syndication"
"S: (n) syndication (selling (an article or cartoon) for publication in
many magazines or newspapers at the same time) 'he received a
comfortable income from the syndication of his work'" 
"In general, syndication means the distribution a news article through a
syndicate - in this case an RSS feed - for publication in a number of
newspapers or periodicals simultaneously. Used in the context of RSS
because RSS syndication is all about distributing content for reuse or
redistribution on other websites." 
"Created by leading service providers, tool vendors and independent
developers, Atom is designed to be a universal publishing standard for
personal content and weblogs." 
Am I confusing syndication with publishing? Are they really that different?
> Yes, we
> refer to the Atom standard, but as appropriate one is expected to make
> the mapping when it talks about "atom feed" to "the content being
> marked up with hAtom" -- the same way when reading hCard we know we're
> talking about content being marked up with that rather than a block of
> vCard text.
Please clarify - the above didn't really make any sense to me (I'm not
being difficult, I really don't get what you are attempting to say).
Are there a large number of examples of hAtom being used for anything
else than syndication/blogging/news article publishing?
Perhaps your viewpoint can be backed up with some examples that I am
unaware of? Who is currently using hAtom for
non-syndication/non-blogging/non-news article-based publishing? Please
don't use corner-cases!
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