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looking for atom advice (newbie atom developer)
Please excuse me if this is the wrong list for these questions, but
there don't seem to be very many places where atom is actively discussed
(if anyone can point me at a better community for developers working
with atom, please let me know).
We're considering using Atom in a somewhat non-standard way - as a
vehicle for transporting HTML content (think web pages, single-page
the specifications are a bit vague in several areas, and implementations
even more so.
The spec. for content elements, of type HTML (RFC4287, par. 18.104.22.168.),
says "If the value of "type" is "html", the content of the Text
construct .... SHOULD be suitable for handling as HTML [HTML
<http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4287#ref-HTML>] ... (and) SHOULD be such
that it could validly appear directly within an HTML <DIV> element,
after unescaping. Atom Processors that display such content MAY use that
markup to aid in its display."
This implies that the notional use of an HTML content element is for a
snippet of HTML, but does not seem to preclude embedding an entire web
1. Is this a correct interpretation?
2. If so, does anybody know of anybody who's doing this kind of thing?
3. Can anybody suggest any tools, libraries for generating Atom with
complicated content elements, posting it via Atompub, processing posts
on a server, and then parsing feeds on a client? It seems like all of
the tools I've been able to find view Atom as nothing more than a
replacement for RSS as a way to post and read blog feeds.
4. Any thoughts or pointers vis-a-vis how common browsers handle Atom
feeds. It's already clear that they handle/render feeds differently
when they're accessed via HTTP, than when the same XML is read from a
file. It sure would be nice to find some material that would help me
understand what's going on.
Thanks very much for any assistance you can offer.
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In<fnord> practice, there is. .... Yogi Berra