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Thought on Syndication Formats

June 27, 2003 Written by Charles Cook

A compelling example of why a vendor-independent syndication format is to be desired is my favourite hobby-horse, string encoding in XML-RPC. Dave Winer studiously ignores the existence of the 7-bit ASCII problem and the reality that most people in the world have a richer vocabulary than can be directly expressed in this encoding. What happens if a similar roadblock is ever reached with RSS?