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Mon, 19 Sep 2005 14:56:52 GMT
Declaring Gadgets for Start.com using RSS

Scott Isaacs: For defining manifests, we basically reused the RSS schema.  This format decision was driven by the fact we already have a parser in Start.com's application model for RSS, there is broad familiarity with the RSS format, and I personally did not want to invent yet another schema :-).

http://www.start.com/developer/

Randy: RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. The purpose is syndication. Are we syndicating gadgets here. No! Are we trying to get the gadgets to work in an RSS reader. No! What happens, if I import these RSS feeds in my RSS reader? They tell me the feeds invalid? It seems that RSS was re-used, in this case, for the purpose of re-using RSS and nothing else. I don't get it!

Update: Phil Ringnalda also has some reservations.

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