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Lists. Absolutely. Expect no better.

"For the record, I had the same reaction to OPML. I still don't get that XML either. Do we need OPML *and* MSFT Simple List Extension? Do we need either? I am unconvinced." -Patrick Logan

I am very much enjoying Patrick's blog, syndicated as it is, using a simple XML format. So simple that once people thought it was pretty pointless, even for syndication and sitemaps. Today it's on the verge of becoming the lingua franca for everthing from searches to shopping to web services.

Lists are next. There is so much web data in ordered lists, it's not funny. An XML format for lists, however trivial, is going to have a massive impact. We could even end up with 2 or 3 different list formats and it would still have a massive impact. If it seems trivial beyond belief... well I guess there's no denying that, but it's exactly the absence of barriers to entry that make stuff like Atom/RSS and List markups cool.

August 3, 2005 01:37 AM


Patrick Logan
(August 3, 2005 04:17 AM #)

I see that we can, and do, have many definitions of a "list", even one that reads "Hey, this is a simple list."

I'm not sure why that particular one is worth paying attention to.

Oh, and I have heard that XML is a big thing. I have even seen it used on the Internets. (My president told me about them.)

I just don't get much about it, other than its success. I am sure I have seen 2-3 other formats that *could* have worked as well or better. Most of which would not be having us figure out whether Microsoft's "simple list" definition is a big deal or not.

But you are right. I guess I'll get over it.


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