If it really is an Indy racing car on a desert island, then I just became its cupholder. Rogers Cadenhead announced today that Simone Carletti and I have been added to the RSS Advisory Board. I’m honored to be joining in company with someone as involved in the RSS spec as Simone.
My own experience with RSS is limited to a (correctly namespaced) hack to enable conversion from one blogging platform to another and a redirection of WordPress’s feed through FeedBurner before they endorsed the FeedSmith plugin. But I have spent quite a few hours working with the related OPML format — and I’ve been dealing with various XML grammars for several years, including two rather involved dialects that I wrote for one of my customers. During that process I’ve learned more about XML namespacing and XSD grammar/types than I ever wanted to know.
I also have prior experience with public specifications, having served on the ANSI Committee for Standard DIBOL back in the early 90′s, helping to produce the 1992 DIBOL standard. So I know all about “shalls” and “mays”. But since the RSS Specification is ostensibly complete, I’m hopeful that most of the work before us will not involve arguments over wording. I’ve been lurking on the rss-public Yahoo group for some time now, and it seems like the discussion usually sticks to salient details rather than nit-picking phraseology.
I don’t have any agendas for doing something to RSS — I just want to be helpful to the board, to authors of products that publish or consume feeds, and ultimately to bloggers and blog readers everywhere.
Thanks to the Board for inviting me. When does Paris Hilton start?