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Atom: XML and MIME

A while back I said that packaging in XML is currently Atom's biggest technical headache. Ken McLeod is laying out why this is so on atom-syntax:

Once we have reduced Atom's inlinable content types to non-schizophrenic portions, we're basically left with XML characters and XML fragments.

XML is not architected for carrying non-XML content and this seems to be generally insoluble - insofar as whatever solution one comes up with will always be inferior to MIME.

June 7, 2004 05:23 PM


Robert Sayre
(June 7, 2004 07:56 PM #)

+1 big ups.

Atom entries are web resources, not SOAP envelopes, so they can and should punt on this issue.

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