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RSS Board Moves to New Server
Media RSS Moves to the RSS Advisory Board
The proposal for the RSS Advisory Board to become the publisher of the Media RSS namespace has passed 8-0 with members Rogers Cadenhead, Sterling "Chip" Camden, Simone Carletti, James Holderness, Jenny Levine, Randy Charles Morin, Ryan Parman and Jake Savin voting in favor.
The specification's permanent URL will be http://www.rssboard.org/media-rss once we have finished proofreading the document. The namespace declaration will remain http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/ for as long as it is published to ensure that software using the namespace will continue to function properly.
The board also will be taking over management of the RSS-Media mailing list, where implementers of the namespace can get help and contribute feedback.
Proposal: Take Over Publication of Media-RSS
The following RSS Advisory Board proposal has been made by Rogers Cadenhead and seconded by Ryan Parman.
Under the advisory board charter, the board has seven days to discuss the proposal followed by seven days to vote on it. Interested parties can comment on the proposal on the mailing list RSS-Public.
Media RSS is a namespace for syndicating audio, video and image files that was created by Yahoo in 2004. The namespace extends RSS support for enclosures to enable a number of different applications, such as video and audio search engines, multiple bitrates and encodings of the same content, artist credits and copyright information, and the ability to play the content with a specified media player.
In the five years since its launch, Media RSS has become highly popular with podcasters and other multimedia publishers and fostered an active development community at the Yahoo Groups mailing list RSS-Media. The namespace is supported by Yahoo Search, Bing, Wikipedia, Flock, Picasa, FriendFeed, Bebo and many other sites and software.
Yahoo, with the participation of members of RSS-Media, recently published version 1.5 of the Media RSS specification.
Over the past year, there have been discussions about the RSS Advisory Board becoming the publisher of the Media RSS namespace to ensure its continued availability and stability, a function the board serves for RSS 0.90 and RSS 0.91. Netscape transferred those specifications to the board in November 2008.
Sapna Chandiramani, a senior engineering manager at Yahoo whose department has responsibility for the Media RSS namespace, has indicated a willingness to have the board take over custodianship.
I propose that the RSS Advisory Board agrees to become the custodian of the namespace, publishing the current version at the permanent URL http://www.rssboard.org/media-rss and archiving past versions.
Additionally, the board offers to manage the RSS-Media mailing list.
Finally, the board resolves that the namespace URI for Media RSS will remain "http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" for as long as it is published to ensure that software using the namespace will continue to function properly.
6 Edits Made to RSS Specification
In a 7-0 vote, the RSS Advisory Board has approved six edits to the RSS specification, the documentation for the RSS 2.0 format. These edits do not affect the definitions of the elements and attributes that constitute RSS. They were purely administrative changes that improve the readability of the document, fix a broken link and factual errors, and link to use-case documentation on the board's site.
The revision history for the specification describes the edits.
The proposal was made by Rogers Cadenhead and seconded by Sterling Camden. They were joined by members Simone Carletti, James Holderness, Randy Charles Morin, Ryan Parman and Paul Querna voting in favor.
The RSS Namespace?
Should RSS have a namespace? Recently, there's been discussion on th rss-public messages list about adding a namespace to RSS for RSS elements that are embedded in other XML documents. Currently, it is impossible to embed RSS elements inside other XML elements that have a default namespace. This proposal would allow such.
Please post your arguments here.
Please review the initial discussion here.
This week, Steve Rubel has written a couple of blog posts that have made me kick myself in the ass for not doing more as chair of the board.
This is required reading for everybody who wants to help me advance RSS.
First he writes RSS Adoption at 11% and it May Be Peaking.
Then he writes I've Seen the Future of News, It's the Newsfeed.
Microsoft has announced that the user agent string for the next version of the RSS Platform will be "Windows-RSS-Platform/2.0 (MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.0)".
The platform will be used by Internet Explorer 8 to request the user's subscribed RSS feeds.
The web-based RSS reader Bloglines now offers a mobile version of its service optimized for Apple iPhone. You can read full-text feeds, search for feeds and specific text across all feeds, and turn on Skweezer, a service that makes web pages more readable on mobile devices.