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- Date: 16 May 1999 00:07:49 +0200
* 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.
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