[whatwg] Removing the need for separate feeds

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu May 21 23:01:51 PDT 2009

One of the use cases I collected from the e-mails sent in over the past 
few months was the following:

   USE CASE: Remove the need for feeds to restate the content of HTML pages
   (i.e. replace Atom with HTML).

     * Paul maintains a blog and wishes to write his blog in such a way that
       tools can pick up his blog post tags, authors, titles, and his
       blogroll directly from his blog, so that he does not need to maintain
       a parallel version of his data in a "structured format." In other
       words, his HTML blog should be usable as its own structured feed.

     * Parsing rules should be unambiguous.
     * Should not require changes to HTML5 parsing rules.

I've attempted a first cut at the above here:


It doesn't collect the blogroll or the blog post tags yet, mostly because 
I'm not sure how to do that. Any suggestions of improvements are naturally 

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