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  • Several changes today in the RSS feed for this weblog.



  • Changes to Scripting News RSS.


  • RSS in my heart.Reminder, here's an RSS feed for upcoming New Hampshire visits by presidential candidates. If you attend one of these events and post about it on your weblog, please send me a link. Even better if you have pictures.


  • Reminder to self: Watch for Paolo's comments on changes to Scripting News RSS.


  • SecurityFocus has two new RSS feeds.


  • Scoble: "I guess Diego missed the fact that we had an RSS news aggregator built into Longhorn already." I missed that too. Tell me more!


  • Adam Curry: "Yesterday Dave added a 35MB QuickTime video to his RSS feed that automagically popped up ready to play on my machine this morning. I will pay anyone who is willing to set up a similar RSS feed with daily enclosures of Letterman and/or Leno's TV show for my private viewing pleasure."


  • Okay do we know for a fact that Longhorn has an RSS aggregator built-in? What do we know about it? (Paolo Marcucci who was at the Microsoft developer's conference, sheds some light.)


  • Newsbot: Will it support RSS?


  • Scoble says that MyWallop, Microsoft Research's foray into blogging and social networking, will support RSS 2.0. Another Scoble post that you shouldn't miss if you work at Microsoft. He's right. Microsoft should support RSS across all its websites, asap. It would be a communication revolution for the company, with key customers, developers, the press. The strange thing about it is that I know the day will come when they do this. When you know something, it's frustrating to have to wait.


  • A fascinating discussion started on this day in 1999 on evolution of RSS 0.91, including comments from Evan Williams, Dan Libby, Edd Dumbill. Cordial and professional, even statesman-like. Touched on many of the ideas that were later implemented in 0.92 and 2.0.


  • USA SantaToday is going to be a breakthrough day on category support in the Scripting News archive. In a few hours I'll have a way to look at all the items on a per-category basis. I've been pretty good so far about assigning categories to blog posts here. For example, the Fleshbot post below is routed to Fun/Sex. This one is routed to Dave/Scripting News and Technology/Formats and Protocols/RSS. You can see all that by looking at today's RSS file. Also, to clear up some confusion, UserLand has had category support in Manila and Radio for years. This is the first time categories have been used in this weblog, and they're hierarchic, not flat. That is a first, as far as I know. When you see how the hierarchy works, you're going to want it. At least that's my evil plan.


  • RVW is "intended to allow machine-readable reviews to be integrated into an RSS feed, thus allowing reviews to be automatically compiled from distributed sources."


  • RSS in my heart.Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it is my pleasure to present: several categories, for your viewing pleasure. All the posts in the last three days about the Dean campaign; the Clark campaign. And here are all the posts in the RSS category (it's the largest with 8 posts in the last three days, including this one (recursive)). There's lots more to do of course, but this is the milestone I was looking for when I began work this morning. Whew.


  • Feeling mellow today, I picked up the phone and called Mark Pilgrim, and said we should work together. There's a story that's been circulating, it first appeared in a paper given by Matthew Rothenberg, a NYU professor, about standards evolution in the weblog world, and was picked up by Clay Shirky (who's also teaching at NYU these days). Mark and I both figure heavily in the story. One of the many lessons of the Rothenberg piece is that people want us to work together. I think it's a good idea. Mark is a smart man, and we have done some great collaboration in the past. When we both get on the same page, mountains move.


  • Paolo: Categories to Topics.


  • Feedster Builder lets you create an RSS feed for sites that don't have them. It pings weblogs.com too.


  • Wesley Clark has a professional camera crew following him around. As an experiment I've linked to a Quicktime video of the candidate in NYC, riding the subway, appearing on a TV show, and eating a bagel, from my RSS feed, as an enclosure. If you're subscribed with an enclosure-aware aggregator it will download the 35MB video tonight, for instant viewing tomorrow.


  • Scoble: "Dave Winer has done more to get me to move away from the Web than a huge international corporation that's supposedly focused on killing the Web."


  • It's really great to see O'Reilly embrace RSS 2.0. The power of two growing platforms, Microsoft's Longhorn and Really Simple Syndication.


  • Lisa Williams talks about the software I demoed last night.


  • I'm doing a demo for Dave and Kevin over at Sputnik.


  • This is a demo for Steve Gillmor.


  • I just got an alert from the National Weather Services's RSS feed for Massachusetts. "A band of snow showers across interior Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire." Where did the snow come from? Partially from "plumes of lake-effect-snow from western New York climbing over the Berkshires." It's not snowing in Boston yet, but it feels like it'll start any minute. I just got the chill walking outside. This is the beginning of winter.


  • A picture named palfrey.jpgNote to John Palfrey -- wouldn't it be great if this site had an RSS feed. And this one. It's funny how I had to go to Calif to clarify my mission in Cambridge. I now get it. We're meant to string virtual wire through all the campuses and to work with any group that wants to work with us. It's remarkable how compact and manageable the Stanford campus is compared to ours, which is spread all over the Boston area. We need connective technology more than most campuses. So it's getting clearer. The first stage was getting a blogging initiative going. Second stage is to upgrade the campus network to do syndication and aggregation. And at the same time, of course, string wire to our friends at Stanford and MIT. As we used to say and stil do -- Bing.


  • A picture named batterUp.gifSteve Gillmor: "A game at which Microsoft excels -- the waiting game. Clone, wait, collaborate, extend, wait, repeat, rinse, dry. But now comes RSS -- and the rules may have changed. First, the enemy is now scattered, behind rocks, in startups, open source, virtual coalitions that pop up on IM and video conferencing, and a myriad loosely coupled evolutionary steps forward." Sounds like Crichton's emergent nano-threat.


  • Maybe Doc is ready for Payloads for RSS.


  • RSS in my heart.Don Park suggests that Blogger and Movable Type adopt RSS 2.0. I've been asking them to do this for a long time, repeatedly, and ask once again. Don casts the RSS 2.0 spec as an immovable object in the way of something, but we went to great lengths to make sure that it wasn't in the way. It's licensed under the Creative Commons for-attribution license. So all you have to do, if you want to produce a derivative work, is credit me with authorship of the original. Period. End of obligation. And if you don't want to use my spec as the basis for yours, your obligation to me is zero, nada, nil, void. How much less of an obstacle could it be? Don suggests "backward compatible." I like the sound of that.


  • The state of Arkansas has an RSS feed. Via Ray Matthews.


  • A picture named ralphSmall.jpgI just moved www.opml.org from a UserLand server to one of my own servers here in Boston. In the transition, I hooked up my OPML category here to a box on the home page of the new OPML site. Hello Dolly. It just worked. Man I love this stuff. Hook the exhaust of one site up to the gas tank of another and (as Ralph Cramden used to say) away we go!


  • Steve Outing, a user, wishes Dan Gillmor's RSS feed had guids. Now, he didn't all of a sudden wake up one day transformed into a geek, he wants the feature that guids enable -- no more repeated posts when an author makes minor edits.


  • Salon's Scott Rosenberg writes an ode to RSS, likening it to HTML in 1994. It's pretty cool to have had a hand in creating something that's become so powerful. BTW, the Salon piece requires you read an ad.


  • Gotta love this. Here's a developer who created a tool that claims to support the full RSS 2.0 spec. Even Radio doesn't do that (but it comes close).


  • Andrew Grumet: "BitTorrent will probably be the killer app for dealing with RSS enclosures when they catch on."


  • Terry Heaton wants his Greymatter weblog to emit RSS.


  • Steve Gillmor's latest ode to RSS. He gives credit to Radio UserLand for pulling it all together. Radio 8, in early 2002, was the milestone, it has both sides of the equation covered, publishing and aggregation. It turned RSS from a promising idea into something for users. I'm grateful to Steve, even though he uses another RSS reader, for the acknowledgement.


  • RSS in my heart.There's been lots of talk on the weblogs and mail lists about making it easier for users to subscribe to sites. Of course, since we went first with Radio, it's very very easy for Radio users, just click on an orange XML coffee mug, where it's available, and confirm that you want to subscribe, and it's done. No copy-paste. Nothing complicated. If we wanted we could have made the url invisible, but we decided that would be too confusing. Now what's the general solution that works for everyone all the time? This is one of those times when, if Microsoft, Apple and Linux could get together, they could upgrade the Internet in a nice way. Probably just Microsoft alone could do it (the others would have to follow). Choose a port which is the Subscription Manager port. Say it's 5350, a random unassigned port. Then when you want to say "click here to subscribe to this website" include a link that looks like this. Since the OS has the Subscription Manager running on that port, it would confirm that you really want to subscribe, and then add the URL to the Desktop Database (on the Mac) or the Registry (Windows) or /usr/subs (Unix). Or whatever. Some place that the aggregators running on the system could watch. Yeah, it makes sense for some part of the aggregation system to migrate into the OS. If any of the OS vendors want advice on this, let me know.


  • The Philadelphia Inquirer announces RSS support.


  • Paolo: "I would like comments I write on other weblogs to be saved on my own weblog."


  • RSS in my heart.The BBC's support for RSS isn't new, but it is newly explained on their site. For example, if you scroll to the bottom of the index page for UK news, in the lower right corner you'll see a menu item called "RSS version." Click to visit a page that explains what RSS is all about, and links to the feed for the page you came from. It requires a little digging to find all the goodies, but the payoff is huge because the BBC has so much you can subscribe to. Now there's a way to find it from the BBC site.


  • The discussion from Tuesday's RSS rant got to an interesting place.


  • La Fing: RSS: une alternative au Web?


  • How to deal with slashes that appear in category names in RSS feeds? I had the problem myself, when I named a category Homilies/Mottos. Tim Bray agrees that slashes should be encoded.


  • Steve Gillmor: "Hi ho hi ho disruptively we go."


  • Top 10 reasons why RSS rules.


  • Love RSS.Brent Simmons on two frequently asked RSS questions. The first is about using HTML in titles and descriptions; it's our opinion that you can in the latter, but not in the former; and second, should link elements be permalinks or should they point to an external page? In both cases, the spec says something. We'd like to know where people need clarification to deploy content or apps.


  • Just got news that I've been nominated for another Wired award, for my work with RSS. I love getting nominated. I just love it. I really do.


  • Reminder, here's the feed of New Hampshire candidate appearances thanks to PoliticsNH.Com. The primary is about a month away (42 days to be exact). If anyone asks if there are any applications of RSS that are temporary, tell them about this one.


  • Changes.xml for RSS feeds. "It seems that aggregators and feed readers can make good use of the flow of changes, to discover new feeds that may interest readers; and to optimize polling."


  • A picture named zack.jpgMore about tonight's demo. I'll explain how the Dean campaign is using the Internet in ways you didn't know about, and that I didn't know about until last night. My eyes popped when I saw what they were doing. Jay Rosen, whose nephew Zack is the Dean developer, got a sneak preview. "Very exciting Dave. Mega cool. Did Zack help with this?" To which I said: "Yes he did, but due to the power of standards, he didn't know he did. ;->" That's the way it's supposed to work. Open level playing field. Anyone who wants to can innovate. Small pieces, loosely joined. Tune in to tonight's webcast. The app I'm demoing is a Web app so you'll be able to follow along from home. 7PM Eastern.


  • Fastbuzz is a new centralized RSS aggregator.


  • La Fing interviews Chris Pirillo and JY Stervinou about RSS.


  • A picture named kaye.jpgKaye Trammel asks what RSS can do for you, and almost nails it. It's true you are being generous by publishing what you write in RSS; and it does make it easier for the reader, but you get something in return -- commitment. A person who subscribes to your weblog is saying they want a permanent relationship, they want to read everything you say. Someone who doesn't subscribe comes when they remember, or when someone else points to you. Not much commitment there. BTW, a subscription doesn't mean they agree with you, or even like you. Remember the old agage: Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.


  • MyWireService "delivers the headlines and summaries to you in an easy to scan page."


  • The RSS-User mail list is a miracle. It's the first time, to my knowledge, that there's been a discussion of RSS that wasn't dominated by developers. All I'm doing so far is approving messages, I just posted a couple at the start. I won't let through messages that are developer issues or ad hominems. Should have done this a long time ago. BTW, on some blogs they're saying my stint at Berkman is about to run out. Although I've asked them to run corrections, they haven't. So I'll correct it here. My fellowship goes through the end of next semester, and we're working on plans that go beyond that. Nothing in life is certain of course, but I hope to be employed by Harvard for quite some time, Murphy-willing of course.


  • Six years ago today: "A new Scripting News feature. Soooon, you'll be able to hook up to the news flow thru XML."


  • Over the Christmas holiday I started a new moderated mail list for people who use RSS. It's off to a great start. No flames of course, and lots of good ideas, and a discussion about feeds with excerpts.


  • New feature: "If you're a member, have uploaded your subscriptions, and are logged in, when you display the Top 100 page, each item will have a checkbox indicating whether or not you're subscribed."


  • Modulo 26 on how to indicate changes in your RSS feed. Actually RSS 2.0 has a beautiful (and simple) way of doing this, so people who subscribe to your feed won't even see the minor spelling and grammar changes. Ask the developer of your weblog tool to support it. Most aggregators already do. For an example look at the feed for this weblog.


  • Modulo 26 on how to indicate changes in your RSS feed. Actually RSS 2.0 has a beautiful (and simple) way of doing this, so people who subscribe to your feed won't even see the minor spelling and grammar changes. Ask the developer of your weblog tool to support it. Most aggregators already do. For an example look at the feed for this weblog.


  • New toy: View Other People's Feeds.


  • Will Richardson: Blogging and RSS. (For educators.)


  • Scoble explains why RSS kicks butt. I totally agree about full vs excerpts. If you're going to do excerpts, please write summaries and publish those in your feed descriptions. It sucks when a summary ends in mid-sentence just as I'm beginning to get interested.


  • Adam Kalsey: "Yahoo is beta testing an RSS Aggregator."


  • OPML is "a file format that can be used to exchange subscription lists between programs that read RSS files, such as feed readers and aggregators." There's an RFC for developers at the end of the doc.


  • Don Hopkins: "I'm designing an RSS 2.0 module for describing The Sims objects, which will make it easier to advertise and distribute Sims objects online, and enable the development of automated tools for assisting in this process."


  • Chad Dickerson: InfoWorld moves to RSS 2.0.


  • Chad Dickerson: InfoWorld moves to RSS 2.0.


  • A new validator for RSS. I worked on this app with Andrew Grumet, it's based on the open source feed validator written in Python.


  • Jim Louderback: "This newsfeed service could turn RSS into a nasty walled garden."


  • Lots of new feeds from Apple.


  • Britain joins Denmark and Germany in blessing RSS as a standard format. You can see the endorsement in Table 4 in this PDF document.


  • Forbes: The Coming RSS Revolution.


  • Dino Morelli did a RELAX NG schema for RSS 2.0


  • Fredrik Lundh spies on the Swedish Donald Duck. "I read twenty newspapers on the Internet and subscribe to dozens of RSS-channels," says the famous duck.


  • AP: "RSS has been called the TiVo of the Web, the first 'killer app' of the anticipated automation of social and commercial transactions online using the Web's second-generation XML standard."


  • The BBC now has an RSS feed for each of their Arabic News categories.


  • Very impressive RSS 2.0 support from Borland. Thanks!


  • The Netherlands' largest paper, De Telegraaf, now has RSS support.


  • Variety, inside entertainment industry news from Hollywood, supports RSS. The hits keep comin!


  • The Paint Research Association of the UK supports RSS.


  • Seventeen new technology feeds from Yahoo.


  • EContent: Can RSS Relieve Information Overload?


  • Steve Gillmor: Sun Adopts RSS. "Everybody's talking about it.."


  • Borland has an RSS howto.


  • TechRepublic and Builder.Com both have new RSS 2.0 feeds.


  • Dave Pollard: What's This 'RSS' All About?


  • Mark Nottingham posted a draft spec for RSS 2.0 in IETF format.


  • Andrew: "I've finished an initial version of a RSS+BitTorrent integration tool for Radio Userland's news aggregator. This is beta software."


  • IDG in Poland does RSS.


  • CNN: "It is called 'RSS' for 'really simple syndication.'"


  • A comprehensive list of all of CNET's RSS feeds.


  • NY Post: "By putting information one click away instead of dozens, supporters hope RSS is the cure for RSI."


  • Zawodny announces ten new entertainment feeds from Yahoo.


  • Two years ago today we offered New York Times feeds to Radio users for the first time. "Yesterday I said that today's news would be for people who love poetry, books, movies, art, education, food, fashion, health, travel and technology. I left something out. It's also for people who love The Mets."


  • Complete list of ComputerWorld RSS feeds.


  • NewsWatcher is a "new free RSS reader for Windows that includes the unique Vision interface developed by Scopeware and Dr David Gelernter."


  • Wired: Why RSS Is Everywhere.


  • Rogers Cadenhead reviews the Guardian's latest article about RSS.


  • I don't know what Yandex is, but it's Russian and it supports RSS.


  • US News and World Report supports RSS. Bing!


  • ZD Net UK has a gazillion RSS feeds.


  • Reuters: "Noticed those little orange boxes on the Web lately with the letters XML?"


  • Eleven new Boston Globe feeds.


  • One for the wish-list, if the Internet Archive RSS feed used enclosures my aggregator would automatically download the audio. They've been collecting quite an archive of Grateful Dead concerts. Huge files. A perfect application for enclosures.


  • IDG Poland does RSS 2.0, in Polish.


  • The Burton Group has new support for RSS 2.0.


  • Government of Canada FAQ on RSS.


  • MotorFreaks of the Netherlands on RSS.


  • CNET leads the way again, with RSS feeds for new downloads.


  • RSS in Vietnam, in Vietnamese.


  • Happiness is a new NY Times RSS feed. (About campaigns.)


  • MIT: What is RSS?


  • The Washington Post now has RSS feeds. Bing!


  • RSS tutorial for ASP.Net developers.


  • Wired: "What happens when everyone discovers the power of aggregators? Will the Web be able to handle it? In Internet boom-speak, will it scale?"


  • Ron Parsons of Yahoo sends a note with news of more feeds, centered around business, stock markets, the economy, earnings etc.


  • Andrew Grumet: "Why isn't there better support for syndicating mp3 playlists? Why don't we have better support for sharing category trees across blog systems?"


  • Q+A: What MIME type to use for RSS files?


  • Awesome: Reuters RSS Feeds. Bing!


  • Via Elmer Masters via LawLibTech comes news that Westlaw now supports RSS. It's behind a user login, so we have to go by what they're saying (so far apparently no press release). An example of one of the feeds. They're using RSS 0.92, perfectly appropriate for the application. Bravo! Two big publishers come online in two days. Bing-bing!


  • Rebecca MacKinnon offers a user's perspective on Reuters' video RSS feeds. "It's already having an impact on how I follow news events."


  • Project Gutenberg has an RSS feed.


  • Gazeta.pl: "Co to jest RSS?"


  • Oliver Stor compiled a list of German news media with RSS support.


  • Forecast for Cambridge, MA. Also available in RSS.


  • Tim Jarrett: "RSS isn't owned by a big company. To the extent that it has owners, they are all the content authors, aggregator developers, and readers who have invested time and energy in making it work for them."


  • Bill Gates pushes RSS to CEOs of the world's top companies.


  • CBS Marketwatch RSS feeds.


  • RSS is more than a format...


  • Really Simple Syndication: "Dave, how I can explain to my large media corporation higher-ups why it's not a bad thing that they lose traffic if their readers are using our RSS feeds instead of visiting the site?"


  • OJR: "I haven't been to the New York Times home page in years and yet I read 20 articles a day in the New York Times,"


  • Mark Orchant reviews NewsGator. To review your favorite aggregator, read the backgrounder on the Really Simple Syndication site.


  • News.Com: Google mulls RSS support. Cool.


  • The BBC has a special RSS feed for Wimbledon tennis.


  • Microsoft Research, new feeds: News, Downloads, Publications.


  • The US Department of Education has an RSS feed.


  • Here's a great idea. RSS 2.0 feeds for kids, from Yahoo! Nice.


  • Essay: Does it matter how many formats there are?


  • Twenty-three new RSS feeds from Reuters in the UK.


  • The Wall Street Journal supports RSS. Bing!


  • Happiness is more feeds from NPR.


  • The US Department of Education supports RSS. Bing!


  • The government of Alberta supports RSS.


  • The state of Missouri supports RSS.


  • RSS feeds from Brazil from Folha Online.


  • New feeds
  • <p>1. The beginning of category support. I now have a basic user interface in the outliner that allows me to route each post through a <a href="http://archive.scripting.com/xml/categories.opml";>hierarchic set</a> of categories of things that I am interested in. This maps directly on to the RSS 2.0 category <a href="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss#ltcategorygtSubelementOfLtitemgt";>sub-element</a> of item. I'll post a screen shot of the user interface when it looks a little prettier.</p>
  • <p>2. Stopped generating the <skipHours> element. It was supposed to be a bandwidth-saver, but it confuses people who are emulating Scripting News, and I think Radio is the only aggregator that respects it.</p>
  • <p>3. Stopped generating the <ttl> element. The P2P network I was working on with Morpheus didn't deploy because I got sick last summer. When and if it ever comes back, I can uncomment the code that generates it.</p>
  • <p>4. Stopped generating the channel-level <category> element for Syndic8. This was intended as an olive branch, but they didn't reciprocate. If someone else is working on a taxonomy of feeds, let me know. <a href="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/bloggerCon/ruleOfWinwin";>Rule of Win-Win</a>.</p>
  • <p>5. Changed <webMaster> and <managingEditor> to my Harvard email address. </p>
  • <p>6. In the <docs> element, point to the <a href="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss";>spec</a> at Harvard, not at UserLand.</p>
  • <p>7. Add a channel-level <pubDate> element.</p>
     

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