A milestone in XML

Lars Marius Garshol larsga at ifi.uio.no
Sun May 16 00:08:08 BST 1999

* Jeffrey Ricker
| Why did Netscape feel it necessary to invent RSS rather than use CDF
| as Microsoft, DataChannel, PointCast, etc. do?

When I first started looking at RSS I immediately noticed two things:

 a) it's incredibly simple (too simple, in fact)
 b) it's probably the most widely supported XML application so far,
    both in terms of software and content

To me this smells like worse-is-better again, and I think that's a
good answer to your question. 

I also think it's a useful lesson for the future. The success of most
non-local XML applications is entirely dependent on their adoption by
content providers, and previous experience seems to show that that
very much depends on how easy it is to support.

I would also conjecture that in most cases the software support
depends on the content support.

--Lars M.

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