I have a sickness....
Why do I enjoy reading standards documents so much?
I was just reading the rss 2.0 specification and I loved this bit so much I had to read it out loud:
It specifies a web service that supports the rssCloud interface which can be implemented in HTTP-POST, XML-RPC or SOAP 1.1.
It's better than poetry. Shoot me now.
Sidenote: I think the reason why there as so many arguments around RSS standards is precisely because RSS relates to 'social' software. There's some kind of governing principle that you can't create social software without opening the flood gates to anti-social behaviour (e.g. spam, comment-spam, standards arguments). 'More communication' also means 'more bad communication'. The most eloquent expression of this effect comes from Douglas Adams (in Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy), writing about the invention of the Babel-Fish:
Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.
R.I.P, Doug :-(Next → ← Previous
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