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Wed, 24 May 2006 23:15:51 GMT
Why Feed URI Scheme Failed

Nick Bradbury: The feed URI scheme was invented to deal with the problem of mainstream browsers spewing XML when a user clicked a link to a feed. In theory, MIME types were supposed to help in situations like this, but in practice MIME types weren't a reliable solution. [cut] I agree with Scott that it's odd that IE7 doesn't support feed://.

Randy: Nick wonders why the feed URI scheme isn't implemented in IE7. He knows that the feed URI scheme breaks the architecture of the Web and fails to mention that. I guess, if you ignore the why, then you don't know the why. It follows! The reason people don't support the feed URI scheme is because it's a HACK!

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