[whatwg] Graceful Degradation and Mime Types[was: trailing slash]

Charles McCathieNevile chaals at opera.com
Wed Dec 6 10:30:54 PST 2006

On Wed, 06 Dec 2006 07:52:17 +0530, Karl Dubost <karl at w3.org> wrote:

> Le 6 déc. 2006 à 04:08, Martin Atkins a écrit :
>> Mike Schinkel wrote:
>>> All really sucessful text formats have been easy to edit (why did
>>> RSS take off while RDF is still struggling to get off the ground?)
>> >
>> I don't necessarily disagree with your sentiment, but it could be  
>> argued that RSS has done well while RDF has floundered largely because  
>> RSS solves a real-world problem (how to get news/weblog content into  
>> aggregators) while RDF solves a purely theoretical problem that less  
>> people have a pressing need to solve (A generic representation of  
>> relationships between resources).
> just for the record and if you really want to compare things.
> RSS 2.0 is an application of XML
> RSS 1.0 is an application of RDF/XML

I would characterise it differently. Every wo/man and their blog uses  
(some half-arsed borken form of) RSS because it solves trivial little  
problems that are faced by zillions of people. RDF has a smaller usage  
base, because the problem it solves is interesting to a smaller group.  
That said, the more complex problem is where a lot of money is being  
spent, and there is significant interest in it from people who are  
building businesses beyond the small web-design shop. To say it is  
foundering seems to me like suggesting that jet aircraft are foundering  
because most people use propellor planes, or cars.


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