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Day: June 23, 2005

Microsoft to Deliver RSS Support to End Users & Developers in Longhorn

Microsoft Corp. announced support for RSS in the next version of the Microsoft Windows operating system, code-named “Longhorn.” The RSS functionality in Longhorn is being designed to make it simple for end users to discover, view and subscribe to RSS feeds, as well as make it easier for developers to incorporate the rich capabilities of RSS into their applications. In addition, Microsoft announced Simple List Extensions, a set of extensions to RSS that can be used to enable Web sites to publish lists as RSS feeds. Microsoft is making the specification and the Simple List Extensions freely available via the Creative Commons license, the same license under which the RSS 2.0 specification was released. While browsing the Web, Longhorn users will be able to discover RSS feeds through an illuminated icon, as well as read the feed while still in the Web browser. In addition, users will be able to subscribe to an RSS feed as simply as adding a Web site to their “favorites.” The RSS features in Longhorn also will enable application developers to harness the capabilities of RSS in their applications. For example, business users about to attend a conference could subscribe to the conference’s event calendar. They can then use a Longhorn RSS-enabled calendar application to view the events in the RSS feed from within their calendar application. The RSS support in Longhorn includes a Common RSS Feed List, Common RSS Data Store, and an RSS Platform Sync Engine.

XML and the Airlines

I have been meaning to write something about S1000D, the standard and associated XML DTDs for airline industry data that is taking hold in Europe. There has been a recent flurry of activity involving the US-based Air Transport Association, which has long had its own SGML-based standards for aviation data (ATA 1000) and has been working on new ones. However, now it seems like ATA is taking a serious look at adopting S100D as well.
Data Conversion Labs has a nice roundup of this issue and a list of useful related resources.

ClearStory Systems Webinar

I spoke today as part of a ClearStory Systems webinar on rich media management. You can get a PDF of my slides here. The full set of slides, including those given by John Gonzalez of ClearStory, will be posted on the ClearStory site later; I will post the link when I get it. My presentation is based heavily on our recent white paper, Rich Media Management and Business Agility.
During John’s presentation, he mentioned how Sony and other customers are using the ClearStory technology to bring more rich media applications to the Web. I like this site, which markets stock video footage from Sony Pictures.

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