#25 Disallow namespace on the rss element

closed-fixed
Sam Ruby
None
5
2004-06-12
2004-06-04
Sam Ruby
No

Background: in September of 2002, a namespace appeared
on scripting new's rss feed, accompanied by a statement
that it was perfectly legal according to the spec.
Needless to say, such a change broke namespace aware
xml processors, and was quietly removed. Despite this,
the practice caught on in a few isolated places, and
continues to this day:

http://my.abcnews.go.com/rsspublic/world_rss093.xml
http://www.bestkungfu.com/index.rss

21 months later, it appears to be the consensus that
the rss element in RSS 2.0 is *not* to appear in a
namespace. Unless I hear any objections, I'd like to
add an error message when such namespaces are found.
Or, at least, a warning message as there are definate
interopability issues with allowing feed producers to
insert random namespaces on the rss element itself.

Discussion

  • Sam Ruby
    Sam Ruby
    2004-06-12

    • status: open --> closed-fixed