Phillip Pearson - web + electronics notes

tech notes and web hackery from a new zealander who was vaguely useful on the web back in 2002 (see: python community server, the blogging ecosystem, the new zealand coffee review, the internet topic exchange).


Congratulations Seb and SocialText!

media RSS and enclosures

Yes yes yes - merge them! Everyone uses enclosures already; it's dumb to try to replace them. All you're going to do is make your software incompatible with existing aggregators, not to mention piss off the gods of RSS.

(Hint: people get mad when you try to "replace" open standards of theirs that already work just fine.)

Marc says that this is how OurMedia already works.

User-defined microcontent

Arnaud Leene talks about "Wild Microcontent" (see also: Web 2.0 Checklist, and a note about his old and new review blogs).

I remember chatting about this with Marc Canter and David Galbraith in San Francisco two years ago. The contept is that microcontent isn't limited to blog posts, events, reviews, audio, video, and so on, but that there's an infinite variety of stuff that people want to present in a structured way. So why shouldn't people make up their own microcontent types?

Update: Joe Reger's datablogging (top-level explanation) idea is very similar. He's actually implemented it - you can see the new fields in his RSS feed. Here's the namespace and the XSD for the XML. <field> with children <fieldname>, <fieldid> and <data>, with <data> having children <name> and <value>. Verbose! Here's an explanation in English.