Really Simple Syndication
Copyright 2003-4 Randy Charles Morin
Sat, 31 Jul 2004 11:13:27 GMT
HowTo: Full Content Entries in MT
Making your Movable Type entries full content is very easy.Simply add the following line to your MT RSS template of choice.


A resulting template might look like the following.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="<$MTPublishCharset$>"?>


<channel rdf:about="<$MTBlogURL$>">
<title><$MTBlogName encode_xml="1"$></title>
<description><$MTBlogDescription encode_xml="1"$></description>
<dc:date><MTEntries lastn="1"><$MTEntryDate format="%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%S" language="en"$><$MTBlogTimezone$></MTEntries></dc:date>
<admin:generatorAgent rdf:resource="<$MTVersion$>" />
<cc:license rdf:resource="<$MTBlogCCLicenseURL$>" />

<rdf:Seq><MTEntries lastn="15">
<rdf:li rdf:resource="<$MTEntryPermalink encode_xml="1"$>" />


<MTEntries lastn="15">
<item rdf:about="<$MTEntryPermalink encode_xml="1"$>">
<title><$MTEntryTitle encode_xml="1"$></title>
<link><$MTEntryPermalink encode_xml="1"$></link>
<description><$MTEntryExcerpt encode_xml="1"$></description>
<dc:subject><$MTEntryCategory encode_xml="1"$></dc:subject>
<dc:creator><$MTEntryAuthor encode_xml="1"$></dc:creator>
<dc:date><$MTEntryDate format="%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%S" language="en"$><$MTBlogTimezone$></dc:date>



Note, I also added the content namespace declaration as an attribute in the rdf:RDF element.

Fri, 30 Jul 2004 18:13:02 GMT
If You Won’t Disco, I Won’t Dance

Dave Walker: What do all the trendy aggregated political sites have in common? No support for feed autodiscovery.

Randy: Disappointing! Juice can't pick them up.

Fri, 30 Jul 2004 02:03:24 GMT
RSS Advisory Board has Disappeared

It's a shame. I really wanted to get this thing to move forward. I haven't heard much from them since. I guess RSS is more about protection than movement. Does this mean Atom wins? Dave, I'm still waiting for that call.

Fri, 30 Jul 2004 00:04:46 GMT
RSS Scaling

Jeremy Zawodny: If you had ideas about the previously noted RSS Scaling Problem and are at OSCON now, stop by Douglas Fir to chat about it. Here's the session blurb:

With RSS usage growing like mad, does having every client pull their own copy still make sense? Might it make more sense for some centralized services to aggregate the data? Or maybe a push system? PubSub? Other ideas?
Let's toss some ideas around.

Or see the session page.

Randy: I think the scaling concern is exaggerated. More to come! First supper.

Supper finished, let's continue. Let's begin w/ stating my theory. Those that are complaining are not implementing existing techniques for reducing the RSS load. If the load is so light that they don't implement existing techniques, then why do we need more techniques?

The current outbreak of bandwidth complaining started w/ Chad Dickerson. He complained, w/ popups in place, that his company, Inforworld's readers were wreaking havoc on their Web server. As Dare pointed out, Chad's ignorance was to blame.

And now we have Jeremy Zawodny. Jeremy is telling the world, via his RSS feed, to pull his feed every hour for the rest of time. He could easily have used <skipHours> to reduce this considerably. This from a person who posts on average once per day. Why is he telling me to pull his feed hourly, when he posts daily? But a closer look at his feed reveals that we are actually pulling twice as much content as is necessary. He provides both a partial and full content version of his blog posts. Why do you need a partial, if you already have a full content version? Further, his feed includes posts that are over two weeks old. Why? This is a complete waste of bandwidth.

Now, let's bring this one level of indirection outward. Jeremy works for Yahoo! I'm not going to blame him for Yahoo!'s problems, but I'd like the opportunity here to critique Yahoo! feeds. Which isn't much hard at all. Their feed has a TTL caching hint of 5 minutes and no other syndication hints are provided. Should I poll each and every feed on their site 288 times per day? No wonder it doesn't scale. I wonder, do they implement a conditional GET? I'll let the reader guess, if they don't already know the answer. Off topic, please tell me their GUID is unique.

Now don't get me wrong, every bandwidth reducing hint isn't a good hint. Over a Sam's blog it was suggested that you respond HTTP 301 to a live link. That doesn't make any sense at all. Why would you say a link on your Website respond "permanently moved". I understand if someone has bookmarked the link, that you would want to respond accordingly. Or, if someone linked to this address, then by all means. But never, ever respond HTTP 301 to a link on this same Website. A better approach is to change the originating link.

Thu, 29 Jul 2004 19:31:41 GMT
What bloggers can teach us
Quote: Conrad Black is probably too busy — or distracted — to pay much attention to the bloggers at the Democratic and Republican national conventions, but their presence is instructive for anyone who pretends to be a journalist.[cut] Perhaps this is modesty speaking, because what is evident is that bloggers are really fulfilling a reporting function. They are like emissaries of their communities, whose views they represent at a major political event, and who make sure that the folks back home get the kind of information that matters to them. [cut] Bloggers are rushing in to fill a void, one that was once held by local newspapers, who sent reporters as representatives of a constituency back home to report on major events in the way that mattered to their communities.

Source: Scripting.

Randy: An awesome article on a void filled by the blogger.

Wed, 28 Jul 2004 01:02:07 GMT
I'm proud of Dave Winer

Marc Canter: I really don't care about the Democratic Convention (though I did in 1968) and I'm not really into following what bloggers do in general (unless it's about social networking or media as well) - but did I tell you how proud I am of Dave Winer and the other Convention Bloggers? Go dudes and dudesses - go.

Randy: Dave's a real trail blazing blogger. That is, both David Winer and David Sifry. Thanks to both for really moving the blogosphere this week.

Wed, 28 Jul 2004 00:10:51 GMT
Daily blog roundup
Joi Ito: Here is the first CNN/Technorati daily blog roundup for the DNC by our very own Dave Sifry.
Tue, 27 Jul 2004 20:10:07 GMT
Smells Like Dot-Com Spirit

Steve Rubel: I love Technorati, but this smells like dot com spirit all over again. Where's the moolah coming from to support a PR team of five? Hiring a PR firm before you can handle demand and squash bugs is looking for trouble. Hope they are ready for all the added attention. Just my two cents.

David Sifry in Steve's comments: Thanks for the feedback and criticism. A lot of your commentary is dead-on, for example, our biggest issue is making sure that that the service is reliable and accurate, 100% of the time. We're not there yet. I'm sorry that we haven't met your expectations, there's no good excuse for service failures.

Randy: Overall, Dave is doing a great job, but I wonder what the problem is w/ scaling Technorati.

Tue, 27 Jul 2004 15:02:29 GMT
IIS will serve application/atom+xml

Tim Bray: Before too much longer, there are going to be a lot of Web resources named this.atom, that.atom, and the-other.atom being dished out by Web Servers everywhere, and by default those servers are gonna look at the names and say “Dot-atom what? Yer text/plain, punk.” So I appealed to Greg Stein of Apache and Google, and he had a pow-wow and reported back I've gone ahead and done this: the application/atom+xml (for .atom) type will appear in our next releases (Apache 1.3.32 and Apache 2.0.51), whenever those come out. Well, Apache’s not the only server out there, so I wrote off to Obasanjo and Scoble and said “Here’s the problem, how about IIS?”. So Scoble did some digging and got routed to Thomas Deml, lead program manager on IIS, and I saw a forwarded email saying The change goes into Win2K3, SP1.

Randy: Sometimes, it's the small things that make big things happen. Down the road, we'll all forget this took place. Let's bookmark it to make certain that doesn't happen.

Tue, 27 Jul 2004 02:31:44 GMT
Convention Bloggers

Ted: Fifty bloggers were credentialed as journalists to blog the convention from the Fleet Center. I just saw CNN cut to Dave Sifry of Technorati fame to tell CNN what the blogosphere was saying. Keep up with the bloggers at

Source: Politics.Feedster.

Randy: The blogosphere grows. But this is an Neil Armstrong-like giant leap. Thanks Sifry!

Mon, 26 Jul 2004 17:05:37 GMT
Technorati has a New Look

Sifry: We're still working out some kinks and bugs, so don't be surprised if there's an occastional problem - please let us know and we'll fix things ASAP!

Randy: A new color scheme even; green and a couple grays. Unfortunately, it's as unreliable. I haven't got one query today to respond w/ any results. The part I don't get, most of all, is Sifry's complete denial that the service is effectively dead. His blog is littered w/ angry user comments.

Mon, 26 Jul 2004 11:51:51 GMT
Still no Universal Subscription Mechanism

leobard: Browsing along the PlanetRDF I came to Danny Ayers site which led me to the Syndication Subscription Service. This is a good example of how localhost integration works. It shows 15 popular news-aggregation systems and provides links that enable the user to add Danny's blog to their newsreader. Interesting is, that there si no common way of doing this: There is no "add this rss feed to my newsreader" system call in the operating system or the browser. All products implement different ways to do it. The locally instlalled systems open http ports at the locahlost and wait for http requests. The web based systems run on their servers (f.e. yahoo) and wait for the commando there.

Randy: What about auto feed discovery as a subscription mechanism? My Juice browser automagically picks up all auto-discovered feeds and activates a Subscribe button when available.

Fri, 23 Jul 2004 19:48:37 GMT
More DNC Bloggerati

Andrew: Two new convention blog aggregators: and ConventionBloggers. The former has a nice search function. The latter sports an attractive theme design and a familiar interface.

Randy: Looks like everybody is trying to keep up w/ Sifry.

Thu, 22 Jul 2004 01:21:00 GMT
Technorati and CNN

Sifry: A few minutes ago CNN announced that Technorati will be providing real-time analysis of the political blogosphere at next week's Democratic National Convention. I will be on-site in CNN's convention broadcast center, along with Mary Hodder, and I'll be providing regular on-air commentary on what bloggers are saying about politics and the convention. And on Sunday, July 25, we'll launch a new section of our site for political coverage:

Randy: Gotta wonder if this Website will respond once in awhile, during the convention. Funny, this page has 11 lines of XHTML that doesn't validate. I just don't get it. I understand, if you have a few warnings in a 100-1000 line page of HTML, but how can 11 simple lines not validate :(

Wed, 21 Jul 2004 11:39:21 GMT
The RSS Traffic and DDoS Meme

Chad Dickerson, the CTO of Infoworld: Several months ago, I spoke to a Web architect at a large media site and asked why his site didn’t support RSS. He raised the concern that thousands (or even millions) of dumb clients could wreak havoc on a popular Web site. [cut] As the popularity of RSS feeds at InfoWorld started to surge, I began to notice that most of the RSS clients out there requested and downloaded our feeds regardless of whether the feeds themselves had changed. At the time, we hadn’t quite reached the RSS tipping point, so I filed these thoughts away for later -- but “later” came sooner than I thought.

Dare: At this point I'd like to note that HTTP provides two mechanisms for web servers to tell clients if a network resource has changed or not. The basics of this mechanism is explained in the blog post HTTP Conditional Get for RSS Hackers which provides a way to prevent clients such as news readers from repeatedly downloading a Web document if it hasn't been updated. At this point I'd like to point out that at the current time, the InfoWorld RSS feed supports neither.

Randy: Dare shows that Chad is a not very proactive complainer. This is also a great read for anybody looking to cut down on their RSS bandwidth.

Wed, 21 Jul 2004 11:35:24 GMT
Wanted : An I Love RSS Button

Scott: I know there is a wonderful I love RSS graphic that I want to use in the UI of a new Feedster feature but damn if I can find it.  I'm certain that Bryan Bell did his magic on it but I've just not been able to find it.  Any suggestions?  Thanks in advance.

Randy: I'm tracking the graphics. You can find them right here. Click on the 18 RSS badges link (the blue stuff). You may have to scroll down a few pages as the CSS is buggy.

Tue, 20 Jul 2004 23:52:22 GMT
HowTo: Full Content Entries in MT
Making your Movable Type entries full content is very easy. You can find the instructions here.
Tue, 20 Jul 2004 11:34:03 GMT
You can autodiscover my RSS feed now

Scobleizer: Randy Charles Morin finally shamed me into adding autodiscovery functionality to my blog for my RSS feed. So, now, he should be happy. Right Randy?

Randy: Thanks Scoble!

Tue, 20 Jul 2004 03:19:35 GMT
Last year today...
I was wondering if RSS/RDF/Atom was going to mean more specification or less. My overall 10k foot view is that maybe, just maybe, we are moving to a smaller set of specifications. Both RSS 0.9x and RSS 1.0 have experience little to no growth, whereas RSS 2.0 and Atom have grown considerably in this last year. The trend would be that RSS 0.9x will disappear shortly and RSS 1.0 will disappear following the final release of Atom 1.0. This would leave us w/ 2 specifications; RSS 2.0 and Atom. I can live w/ that. I wonder what Danny, Ken and Bill would think of this future without an RDF flavoured RSS.
Mon, 19 Jul 2004 21:47:25 GMT
TechNOrati :(

I've had no luck w/ TechNOrati over the last week or two. I don't understand how they can run a business where the service is down for weeks at a time. They must be losing users and quickly.

Recent errs.

Mon, 19 Jul 2004 16:53:12 GMT
Mistakes I've Made A Few ....

Scott: Randy Charles Morin is a quite astute watcher of the overall blog scene and he tossed a few anvils my direction earlier today. 

Randy: Thanks, mucho appreciated. Feedster is looking great this morning.

Mon, 19 Jul 2004 16:46:24 GMT
Dave on Tim

Dave: Tim only acknowledges the flames. But I've been quoting him on Scripting News for years. Yeah I'm angry with him, no question about that. But I think we have to work together, kind of like the Republicans and Democrats. He led a really awful anti-Dave jihad. That always ends a friendship. He doesn't want to own up to it, be a man, and retract what he said. Okay, I accept that. But I also know that I've done a lot to help his ideas get heard by the influential and smart people who read my blog. And he's using all the work I did with weblogs, aggregators and RSS, and by the way, not giving me very much credit for that, either.

Randy: The blogosphere is ripe w/ characters.

Sat, 17 Jul 2004 14:18:48 GMT
Freak Atom occurrence

Bill: There's been no mail from the atom-syntax list in the last 90 minutes or so. How odd.

Fri, 16 Jul 2004 21:34:37 GMT
Now in Blogger: WYSIWYG

Evan: We just launched a spankin' new Blogger post editor, with rich-text, what-you-see-is-what-you-get formatting. Screenshot:

Randy: Gotta luv WYSIWYG.

Fri, 16 Jul 2004 16:16:42 GMT
Feedster rejects IE/Mac users

Tantek: I have been a happy Feedster user for quite some time now. I've been impressed by the speed of their searches, not to mention their site stability. However, Feedster was updated recently, and as a part of their update, they apparently decided to be inaccessible to IE/Mac users, and therefore they've lost at least one user. I don't mean that their website breaks in IE5/Mac, I mean they literally send IE/Mac users a rejection page:

We hate to do this to you but if you want to use Feedster, you're going to need to update your browser to Safari, FireFox or another more modern browser. Internet Explorer on the Macintosh hasn't been updated now in years and we want to deliver you the best possible experience. We know updating a browser is just plain annoying but we also know that the newer browsers just plain work better and you'll probably be much happier.

Thu, 15 Jul 2004 20:09:39 GMT
Commons feedparser

Quote: Generic FeedParser interface and concrete implementations for Atom, FOAF, OPML and RSS. These FeedParser implementations are based on JDOM and Jaxen and is based around XPath and JDOM iteration. While the implementation is straight forward it has not been optimized for performance. A SAX based parser would certainly be less memory intensive but with the downside of being harder to develop.

Thu, 15 Jul 2004 18:36:09 GMT
Atomic Heartbeat

Tim: The IETF AtomPub Working Group formally buckled down to work on June 23rd, and it’s been more or less wonderful since then. Herewith a few words of appreciation...

Randy: Thanks Dave!

Thu, 15 Jul 2004 16:30:19 GMT
Feedster Version 2

Scott: You've seen the crashes, you've tolerated the slowness and you didn't yell (too) loudly. You're a great set of users and we love you all. So it is with great pride that I give you: Feedster Version 2.

Source: Scripting.

Randy: Great news! A review of the new system will follow later today.

Update: My notes on the new Feedster.

Overall, my impression is that the site is completely broken. I have to laugh now at all the people who said the new site was great. I imagine they didn't actually use the site beyond viewing the new homepage before sticking their foot in their mouth. What complete ass kissing!

Update: I discussed w/ Scott at Feedster and he is fixing.

Thu, 15 Jul 2004 12:11:41 GMT
Latest Atom XSD

I substantially updated my Atom XSD last night to account for the latest changes accepted by the Atom IETF working group.

I stole the idea of commonAttributes from Norman Walsh's Atom schemas. Thanks Norman!

Wed, 14 Jul 2004 22:01:43 GMT
Atomizer is now on GotDotNet
David Stewart: I've created a GotDotNet Workspace for Atomizer. This will allow for versioning of the sources and for anyone to easily contribute. Please join over there, and I'll eventually deprecate this site, although I do plan to at least mention updates here for a while.
Wed, 14 Jul 2004 21:08:51 GMT
Well-formed text/xml in RSS

There's a suggestion on the Atom issue list to dictate the way clients determine the character encoding of feeds retrieved over HTTP. Most clients to date have used a lax method to allow as many feeds as possible to be internally parsed. Truth is, that character encoding should be determined using RFC 3023, but many Web developers believe this RFC to be broken.

Atom Wiki: RFC 3023 defines rules for determining the character encoding of a feed (or any other XML document served over HTTP). The default configuration for most web servers is to serve ".xml" files as "text/xml" with no charset parameter. According to RFC 3023, all of these feeds MUST be parsed as "us-ascii". This is nonintuitive and unacceptable for UnprivilegedUsers, who are left without a way to publish Atom feeds in any other encoding.

I don't entirely agree w/ the suggestions on the Atom Wiki, but I agree w/ the motivation. The motivation is to help users who have no choice but to serve their feeds as "text/xml". Redefining new rules because we disagree w/ them only means that existing tools that support RFC 3023 will not be fully useful.

Wed, 14 Jul 2004 01:48:43 GMT
A Conversation with XML Pioneer, Tim Bray
Tim: RSS works well in areas where information arrives at irregular intervals, such as news and publications, in which you don't want to waste time looking for information -- you want to be told when it shows up.
Tue, 13 Jul 2004 18:00:15 GMT
PacePutDelete Withdrawn

Joe Gregorio: I initially proposed PacePutDelete and now I would like to withdraw it.

Randy: This should mean that the SOAP version of Atom can move forward unimpeded.

Tue, 13 Jul 2004 16:54:19 GMT
Should Atom Elements have Order?

Elias Torres: I like how Randy and Tim are setting up the discussion. I tend to agree with both: we need to have order (be strict) for "dumb" tools to understand and we need to be as simple as possible for users to publish feeds. But, IF in fact this is a cost-benefit discussion, I would say that the users would benefit the most (especially since there are more of them) if we don't impose order. The number of definitive Atom libraries will be much smaller and good programmers write those, every other developer can just use them. Now, if a developer chooses to start from scratch, I think by using XML we have already given them a starting point, plus a XML Schema with choice groups.  Lastly, all they would have to do is code up cardinality and their personal tweaks to their library.

Randy: Hyperlinks to context were added by myself.

Tue, 13 Jul 2004 03:28:51 GMT
Free Alexa RSS feeds

Quote: Now you can access Alexa's Hot Search Terms, Movers & Shakers, or Top Sites with RSS.

Randy: The feeds are quite static, but the information is interesting. Take a peek at the top English sites. Dominated by scumware.

What I found most interesting about this feed is that it competes w/ my RFS feed, as one of the funkiest ever seen. Notes on the feed funkiness follow.

Tue, 13 Jul 2004 02:06:32 GMT
Atom Relax NG

Norman Walsh: Ok, I started with the draft-...-00.txt spec and (re)built a RELAX NG Grammar for it.

Randy: Great stuff. Here's a pointer to Dave Pawson's original work.


Mon, 12 Jul 2004 02:04:20 GMT
SOAP 1.2 et Atom
David Winer: It has been observed that if you start an open collaborative process to define a new XML format or protocol, given enough time, it will turn into SOAP 1.2.
Mon, 12 Jul 2004 01:57:04 GMT
RSS Book

Danny: A few weeks ago I was approached by Andrew Watt with a proposal for co-authoring a book. He’d already run his idea past Wrox (in a new incarnation as part of Wiley), and got them interested.

Randy: Awesome Danny, congrats!

Sat, 10 Jul 2004 23:23:36 GMT
Don’t be a standards policeman

Tim: The people who thought things were more or less OK offered these reasons: 1. Don’t be a standards policeman, innovation is good, go with the flow. [cut] On the first argument, I need only respond: “What if Microsoft were doing this?”

Randy: What if IBM and Sun were doing this? I guess perspective is important. We don't like people to rewrite our own favorite standards, but surely other standards should be rewritten.

Sat, 10 Jul 2004 20:57:50 GMT
Atom External XSD
I modified Atom's XSD to reflect that child elements don't have order. I also fixed up a small things like making the feed title a contentType, rather than a string.
Sat, 10 Jul 2004 14:42:15 GMT
Top Ten HowTo RSS Blog

I thought it would be very interesting to list a top ten blogs to visit to find out how to implement or better your RSS feed and blog. You want to write your own blogging software or RSS feed, then you should be subscribed to each of the following. I excluded this blog, which is obviously #1 :).

  1. Intertwingly
  2. Workbench
  3. Finally Atom
  6. Sifry's Alerts
  7. Harvard
  8. Atom Enabled
  9. Scripting News
  10. Lockergnome (too many ads)

Please suggest others. Et n'oublié pas Conforme pour nos frères français.

Sat, 10 Jul 2004 02:19:12 GMT
The Atom Internet Drafts

Atom now as two IETF Internet Drafts, the API and the format. Congrats to Joe Gregorio and Robert Sayre and Mark Nottingham.

Fri, 09 Jul 2004 19:35:15 GMT
Really Simple Syndication
After one week, Google has already included this new RSS topic blog in the top ten results for the term "Really Simply Syndication."
Thu, 08 Jul 2004 20:16:18 GMT
Respecting RFC 3023

Big in the blogosphere this week is an attempt to have feed publishers respect RFC 3023. Even the FeedValidator itself is being changed to warn users of pending doom, if they don't fixup those HTTP headers. And I think we've matured enough that we can expand the meaning of a valid RSS feed. So, here's my contribution to this adventure in RFC 3023-land.

Here's an ASPX file that examines an XML file's declaration and tries to fixup the content charset.

<%@ Page language="c#" %>
string uri = Request.Params["xml"];
if (uri == null || uri == string.Empty)

if (!uri.StartsWith("http://") && !uri.StartsWith("https://"))
   uri = Server.MapPath(uri);

System.Xml.XmlDocument doc = new System.Xml.XmlDocument();
Response.ContentType = "text/xml";
if (doc.FirstChild.NodeType == System.Xml.XmlNodeType.XmlDeclaration)
   System.Xml.XmlDeclaration decl = (System.Xml.XmlDeclaration)doc.FirstChild;
   Response.Charset = decl.Encoding;

Here's my RSS feed before and after the transformation. Here's what the Feed Validator thinks of my RSS feed before and after the transformation.

Here are the HTTP headers before...

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Length: 37579
Content-Type: text/xml
Last-Modified: Thu, 08 Jul 2004 19:02:04 GMT
Accept-Ranges: bytes
ETag: "d1a0c7e1e65c41:1bf6a"
Server: Microsoft-IIS/6.0
X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
Date: Thu, 08 Jul 2004 20:34:05 GMT

...and after the tranformation.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Thu, 08 Jul 2004 20:34:48 GMT
Server: Microsoft-IIS/6.0
X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
X-AspNet-Version: 1.1.4322
Cache-Control: private
Content-Type: text/xml; charset=utf-8
Content-Length: 37579

I'll have to fixup the caching.

Thanks to Sam and Joe for beefing up the FeedValidator. And Asbjorn for helping me test this stuff.

Thu, 08 Jul 2004 15:04:46 GMT
RSS transcends the clutter of the inbox
Quote: The e-mail inbox, once a place of communications productivity, is now a cluttered confluence of spam, raunchy forwards from juvenile friends, personal correspondence, and, finally, the newsletters that users once found indispensable.
Thu, 08 Jul 2004 15:03:09 GMT
Happy B-day OPML
Dave Winer: On this day four years ago, the first version of OPML was unveiled. I'm sure a lot of people don't know where the O in OPML came from. Here's a story, written in 1988, that explains.
Thu, 08 Jul 2004 12:57:20 GMT
Tim Bray bring Order to Atom

Tim Bray: The child elements of <atom:feed> may appear in any order, subject only to the constraint that the the <atom:entry> children appear in a group after all other child elements. That is to say, the "feed-level" elements must all appear before the first <atom:entry> element. The order in which the child elements of <atom:feed> appear is not considered significant. It's also been proposed that we consider imposing a *strict* ordering, something like title/author/copyright/dates/.../entries.

Randy: And cosmic balance returns.

Wed, 07 Jul 2004 19:10:16 GMT
One year after Bray's brilliant tactic

David Winer: I tried to explain to Tim then (not that he was listening of course) that RSS was just part of the picture, and to see it only as an XML format was to miss the point, that there were applications on both sides of RSS, content management software and aggregators, and lots of people, that made it really work. To think you could swap out the format was as silly as thinking you could swap out HTML or HTTP in 1994.

Randy: Les War du Blogosphere.

Wed, 07 Jul 2004 14:20:41 GMT
Bloglines Unveils More

Quote: Bloglines, the world's most popular free Internet service for searching, subscribing, publishing and sharing news feeds (RSS and Atom) and blogs, today celebrated its one-year anniversary by launching a raft of expanded features for its rapidly growing user base.

Randy: Happy birthday Bloglines! The new look is very impressive. The best new feature is that it shows exactly now many people are subscribed to each feed. iBLOGthere4iM has 26 subscribers. BoingBoing has 6851. iM almost #1 :)

Wed, 07 Jul 2004 03:14:59 GMT
RSS Hall of Fame

This is the first entry in a monthly feature on this Really Simple Syndication blog where I induct one person into my RSS HoF. In order to qualify, you have to have an RSS feed and have contributed to the growth of the RSS industry.

The first member of my RSS HoF should be obvious, the father of all that is Blog and RSS, Dave Winer, author of Scripting. His RSS feed. Thank you Dave, for the Blogosphere, RSS and SOAP.

Please suggest further candidates.

Wed, 07 Jul 2004 00:49:12 GMT
RSS Wishlist

Checking my RSS Wishlist. #1 and #5 are done. Eight to go. Things I wish I'd get off my ass and do.

  1. Create a separate blog @ dedicated to RSS, not the format, the bigger thing.
  2. Add Wiki-editing and linking capability to my blogging software.
  3. Fix up my commentapi and trackbackapi.
  4. Create pages on this new Wiki capable blog for installing an RSS feed w/ the various blogging systems.
  5. Finish my Atom Paces. Why the hell do we call them Paces?
  6. Finish the Atom WSDL.
  7. Permalinks for individual comments.
  8. Ability for end user to delete/edit comments, current session only.
  9. Remove referrer tracking from Web thread.
  10. Better comment tracking (I hate comment SPAM).
Tue, 06 Jul 2004 08:22:06 GMT
rss.xml on IIS Invalid?

Some of you may wake up this morning to find that your RSS feed is invalid. If you use a standard setup of IIS and serve your RSS as rss.xml or any filename w/ the .xml extension, then your RSS feed may now be considered invalid. This was caused by a change to the FeedValidator over the weekend. The fix may also cause Manilla flavored RSS feeds to be issued warnings and even errors by the FeedValidator.

iM unsure why I get this error. My only guess is that the FeedValidator incorrectly does a case sensitive comparison when matching the encoding values.

Instructions to fix can be found here.

Update: The errors may have been caused by a bad refactoring of the FeedValidator code. This would be good news and should result in a timely fix of the FeedValidator.

Update: The bad refactoring was confirmed by Joe on the iBLOGthere4iM blog. A fix is on its way.

Update: The problem w/ the FeedValidator has been fixed.

Mon, 05 Jul 2004 22:53:20 GMT
Atom 0.3 WSDL 2.0

Dave Orchard: I've written up a WSDL 2.0 specification for Atom 0.3. It's based upon Randy's work on WSDL 1.1.

Randy: Comments to follow.

Mon, 05 Jul 2004 22:33:51 GMT
Atom WSDL Wrapped Response

A new change to the Atom WSDL. The SOAP responses were previous wrapped. In discussion w/ Dave Orchard, I realized this is unnecessary.


The POST wrapping element in this response is unnecessary.

Mon, 05 Jul 2004 16:23:59 GMT
Steve Zellers

Quote: Steve Zellers has worked for over for over 15 years in Silicon Valley as a software engineer.  Currently he works for the Spotlight team at Apple Computer, and is also responsible for various high level interapplication communication mechanisms such as AppleEvents, XML-RPC and SOAP.  Formerly, he performed the initial port of the Java virtual machine for Macintosh as a contractor to Sun Microsystems, and is the author of the best selling screen saver, After Dark 3.0 for Macintosh. Steve is a fan of scripting languages and clean, incremental system designs.

Randy: It would seem that Steve Zellers has silently joined the RSS advisory board. Congrats!

Mon, 05 Jul 2004 10:53:55 GMT
Really Funky Syndication
I've always wanted to claim to have written the funkiest RSS ever. Here's my attempt.
Fri, 02 Jul 2004 15:15:08 GMT
Why Did They Invest in NewsGator?

Brad Feld: The misperception is that NewsGator is only an Outlook plug-in. While the most popular product from NewsGator is currently their Outlook-based aggregator, what really turned us on when we dug into NewsGator as a potential investment is NewsGator Online Services (NGOS). Greg Reinacker's vision is much broader than simply an RSS aggregator - his goal is to provide RSS content on any device. NewsGator currently provides clients for Outlook, the Web, POP email, mobile devices (web-based and wap), and Microsoft Media Center (how cool is it to get an RSS feed on your TV?).

Randy: It's great to have tech capitalists in the blogosphere. This will promote a good understand of how to create new companies out of Winer's chaos.

Thu, 01 Jul 2004 21:27:57 GMT
The First Question...
...asked of my new blog is where I got those lovely RSS icons. You can thank Bryan Bell who has made 18 RSS badges available for public use (some rights reserved).
Thu, 01 Jul 2004 20:18:08 GMT
Really Simple Syndication

This is my new blog dedicated to Really Simply Syndication. By RSS I don't mean the format, flavor 2.0 or any other, rather I mean the bigger being (no not Winer). I use to blog about RSS, the bigger concept on my primary blog, iBLOGthere4iM, but it became a two phase blog, me and RSS. So, iM moving all that is RSS to this new blog and you can follow the all about me and my projects on my old blog. Subscribe to both, if you like, but the other blog, my primary blog is pretty boring.

Topics covered here...

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