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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Champion [mailto:mc@xegesis.org]
> Sent: 19 March 2004 04:47
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] RSS beyond the Blog: 1992 or 1999? - was Re:
> [xml-dev] hurry GenX...
> Right.  The point was that an "inferior" solution that exploits the 
> large existing infrastructure would have a lot of intrinsic value due 
> to the network effect.  In the case we're discussing, most of the 
> appeal of the idea of syndicating credit card statements via RSS would 
> be the fact that millions (?) of people with an RSS aggregator could 
> use it as soon as it was produced.  A "better" pub-sub approach that 
> required new server infrastructure and client software would have a lot 
> of deployment to do before it would be worthwhile to enough businesses 
> or consumers to be used.

Personally I *want* new client software, I'm actually not that much 
interested in the means of transport so long as it's extensible enough to 
be able to capture a wide variety of data.

RSS feeds from my bank would be great. What's not so great is the fact 
that I'd be viewing them in a dumb aggregrator -- I want the data routed 
into a spreadsheet or something. I don't want it lost amongst the dozens 
and dozens of other feeds I'm subscribed to.

I'm really hoping that once the syndication format wars settle down we're 
going to see more exploration of the possibilities on the client-side of 
syndication. Context sensitive display of data, as exemplified by tools 
like Dashboard [1] is one possibility.



[1] http://nat.org/dashboard/

Leigh Dodds
"Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate" -- William of Ockham


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