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..I can't mail to xml-dev. Could you forward Lucas' reply there?
Lucas Gonze wrote:
> Hey folks,
>> Nothing is more powerful than a web page with an edit button.
> Ok, so --
> The insight that powered Webjay was that you can apply all the
> traditional web discovery tools to audio and video, even though audio
> and video are opaque in comparison to HTML, as long as you demand that
> web standards be applied. Along those lines I have been working for the
> past few years on an approach to A/V which pretends there is no such
> thing as rtsp:// (since it's not RESTful), or ASX (which is not XML), or
> DRM (which breaks web architecture), or Kazaa (ditto on web arch).
> My major project along with Webjay is the XSPF playlist format, which is
> intended to bring web standards to playlist formats. SMIL has absorbed
> most of the high-end talent available for timed media and XML, but for
> various reasons it is not right for web-scale discovery. M3U isn't XML,
> so ad-hoc XML formats keep popping up to replace it; XSPF standardizes
> those ad-hoc formats.
> XSPF needs you. It takes a huge amount of hacker energy to make
> something like this go all the way, and most XML hacker energy right now
> goes into feed formats or HTML, with a bit left over for WS-*. We need
> a validator. We need to be able to syndicate playlists, especially to
> hardware mp3 players. We need more players and authoring tools. We
> need better documentation. We need an interface between XSPF and
> metadata communities like Musicbrainz and Wikipedia. We need tools
> which understand the XSPF architecture. We need python, perl, PHP, C#,
> Ruby, and elisp libraries. We need whacky inventions.
> Anyway, it's great to get to talk about my work among peers here.
> Thanks for bringing it up, Bill.
> - Lucas