[xml-h] RSS as transferable hypertext

ed nixon ed.nixon at lynnparkplace.org
Fri Jan 24 11:33:26 GMT 2003

Mark Pilgrim's latest article at


is also an interesting read. The recent (past 4 to 6 months) RSS 
standardization effort(s), in my view, comprise one of the sadder 
stories around: much acrimony, controversy and, frankly, immaturity 
among the groups and businesses concerned in RSS promotion.

The most disturbing thing to me is the seeming acceptance/acquiescence 
that RSS is not even well-formed XML. Realistic? I guess, but perhaps 
there needs to be a wasp-like effort made on behalf of a more consistent 
and robust RSS?


Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> I'm getting more and more interested in RSS and feeds in general as a
> different style of hypertext.  Instead of links specified from X to Y,
> they're effectively links to Y where X is left unspecified, a decision
> for the consumer.
> If there's anyone who hasn't heard of RSS, a good place to start is at:
> http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/12/18/dive-into-xml.html
> RSS comes in multiple flavors, like many good ideas in development.  The
> rough contours of hypertext through a flow of items seems constant in
> all of them, at least, though the details vary considerably.
> It seems like another angle on hypertext issues generally, and it's
> probably the XML-flavored hypertext tool that has the most traction at
> present.

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