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Monday, August 4, 2003

Jobs via RSS

RSSJobs allows you to "create and save searches for Monster, Dice, HotJobs,and more in one location, then delivers the results to your favorite RSS Reader."

Scott Reynen: "This utility will take a or job search URL and produce an RSS feed of the results."

# Posted on 8/4/03; 5:21:03 AM -

Oracle's RSS feeds

Oracle has three new RSS 2.0 feeds and a weblog.

# Posted on 8/4/03; 5:22:21 AM -

Sam Ruby on the namespaces sub-directory

In today's News.Com article, Sam Ruby raises an issue, for the first time that I am aware of, about namespaces in the RSS directory. He says:

"Dave Winer has on a number of occasions pointed out namespaces and said that they break interoperability," said Ruby, the RSS alternative advocate, who is a senior technical staff member at IBM in Raleigh, N.C., and a director of the Apache Software Foundation. "His RSS spec points to a list of namespaces, and it's extremely selective. It includes certain ones and not others. It's extremely confusing. I don't know anyone who knows what is and is not acceptable."

We've tried to be very inclusive. Basically the rule is, if it works with RSS 2.0, then it's included. To see if it works with 2.0, we look at the page describing the namespace, and if it claims RSS 2.0 support, we believe them.

As far as I know I have never "pointed out namespaces and said that they break interoperability."

Postscript: I've gotten some email on this, and I guess he means that I asserted that core elements should be used over elements in namespaces when they do the same thing. I don't think there's any question that that approach increases interop. "Break" is far too strong a word. Also, a reporter might not understand the difference, but I'm pretty sure Sam does.

# Posted on 8/4/03; 8:33:40 AM -

Three new answers in the FAQ

Today's News.Com article adds to the confusion about RSS and namespaces.

A developer, Chad Everett, sent in three great questions and I jumped at the opportunity to answer them in the FAQ here.


# Posted on 8/4/03; 10:44:36 AM -