Standardizing RSS [2.0]
Formal Specification of RSS 2.0
From: Mark Nottingham <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: RSS2-Support@yahoogroups.com Date: Friday, April 18, 2003, 8:08:38 PM Subject: [RSS2-Support] Formal specification of RSS 2.0
As you may know, I've been interested for some time in standardizing RSS, as well as registering a media type for it (application/rss+xml).
For a while, I pursued the RSS1.0 path, mostly because I was interested in the Semantic Web for other projects as well.
Over time, however, I've become convinced that RDF isn't right for RSS, at least not in the forseeable future. Given that RSS 2.0 is the latest-and-greatest of the other branch of RSS, it seems appropriate to try something in that direction.
So, I've generated an Internet-Draft that documents the RSS 2.0 format as described by Dave, in a more formal fashion (so it's suitable for submission to the IETF).
The intent here is to document the format so that it can be referenced by the media type registration (this was the problem when we tried before; they wouldn't recognize a URL as a reference) as well as other specs.
It is NOT the intent to change or "improve" the format in ANY way; documents that are conformant with Dave's documentation should be conformant with this document, and vice versa. It's ONLY to provide a reference that's stable in the standards world's eyes. The intent isn't to make this developer-friendly; Dave has already done an excellent job there.
So, I'd like to enlist this community's help in assuring that it is indeed functionally equivalent to Dave's spec. Once that happens, it can be submitted to be published as an Informational RFC, and we get a media type registration (which means that browsers and servers are more likely to accommodate the format over time).