From: Dare Obasanjo
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2004
To: Joshua Allen; firstname.lastname@example.org; 'Michael Champion'; 'XML DEV'
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] best
practice for providing newsfeeds ?
I disagree. Most tools insert this
date automatically. I'd be very suspicious of a tool that allowed users to
directly edit the posting date of an entry, let alone edit the original +
posting date. I agree with Bob that having a published + updated date would be
that it was last modified. So, users get entries that appear to
> be "old" even when
they are "new." This confuses them. The issue here
> has *nothing* to do with data
format -- it is a question of semantics,
experience shows exactly the opposite; people report "new" when
actually a post is old. But in any case, I fail to see how adding another
field will stop people from putting the wrong dates in those fields -- the
semantics of "pubDate" are remarkably clear, and people still screw
it up. I would bet that in 99% of cases, people screw it up because they
don't know better, NOT because "pubDate is the only field available and I
really, really, want to store the last-update date in the field".
user ignorance by adding more features is not very smart.