[wp-hackers] Need more RSS hooks
danny.ayers at gmail.com
Fri Jan 27 17:01:03 GMT 2006
On 1/27/06, Elliotte Harold <elharo at metalab.unc.edu> wrote:
> Sorry to be so blunt, but this is not a bug. If there's a bug here, it's
> the attempt hide markup in a CDATA section.
Escaped markup in XML is certainly more trouble than it's worth. Norm
Walsh has a couple of good pieces on the matter [1,2] (I'll wager you
have too, Elliotte ;-) . It's ugliness is reflected in certain
ambiguous specs and inconsistent app behaviour.
Not far from the topic of this thread, this is a very compelling
reason that if WP was to support *only one* feed format (by default)
it shouldn't be RSS 2.0.
The classic case in RSS was when Reuters had stock ticker symbols in
their content, e.g.
"blah blah <GOOG> blah"
which went into the feed as :
<description>blah blah <GOOG> blah</description>
- and every single RSS reader rendered this as
"blah blah blah"
Sam Ruby's got a write-up at , as he put it: "Your titles and
descriptions can be 100% valid according to the RSS specification.
And yet not work as you intend in any aggregator."
Fortunately there is now Atom.
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