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Re: FYI: Making Atom Happen
On 6 Dec 2003, at 10:48 am, Henri Sivonen wrote:
Either way, allowing text/html as mode="escaped" instead of requiring
XHTML as mode="xml" doesn't quite make sense. From the ideological
point of view, it is distasteful. From the practical point of view it
introduces yet *another* tag soup format to support. For those who are
too incompetent to produce well-formed XHTML, the metaWeblog API and
RSS, both of which are used for tag soup transport, already exist.
What's the point in introducing yet another tag soup format?
I'll skip arguing why I don't like this idea at all, and just ask, how
are you going to require it? Atom (as it stands) allows any MIME type
to be used in content elements. Unless you explicitly ban this case,
what are you going to do?
(PS, on this topic, the "escaped" vs "xml" names are very loaded
choices, since escaping is how textual data (inc HTML) is meant to be
represented, and is no less XML then "xml" mode. "literal" vs
"embedded" would be better)