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Re: Fwd: I-D ACTION:draft-nottingham-atompub-fiql-00.txt
I was following the discussion around this draft you've proposed and
rather than focusing on the choice of the most appropriate query
language used I wanted to ask you about the purpose of this draft? Who
is the target? Since you use URI-like query, are you thinking of public
services to query Atom feeds? In such case, shouldn't the draft have a
large security section (it looks like creating yet another query syntax
means that its security is by default nil until proven otherwise)? Are
you planning on making the draft informational only or more?
No matter what, FIQL will never be able to describe all the use cases of
querying an Atom document and therefore will create a stress in an
application which will have to make the decision about either dropping
FIQL entirely in favor of home made XPath/XQuery/etc. queries or will
potentially extend FIQL.
Overall, I'm not convinced there is a need for such specification. It
might be great as best practices on the Atom wiki however. Also, even
though some topics need an IETF draft, I'm worried that by defining
specialized ones for Atom when standard alternatives already exist (e.g.
XPath) the community will attract concerns about its capacity to re-use
That being said I'm not criticizing your work Mark, as I said just as a
best practices document such specification would be very valuable to the
community. But trying to go the IETF way sometimes feel too heavy.
Anyway just some thoughts :)
Mark Nottingham wrote:
FYI; I'd love any feedback folks have on this.
Begin forwarded message:
Date: 19 December 2007 7:15:02 AM
Subject: I-D ACTION:draft-nottingham-atompub-fiql-00.txt
A New Internet-Draft is available from the on-line Internet-Drafts
Title : FIQL: The Feed Item Query Language
Author(s) : M. Nottingham
Filename : draft-nottingham-atompub-fiql-00.txt
Pages : 16
Date : 2007-12-18
The Feed Item Query Language is a simple but flexible, URI-friendly
syntax for expressing filters across the entries in a Web feed. It
also specifies a mechanism to allow feeds to indicate what types of
queries are supported.
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