Apple's iPhoto giving RSS developers a headache

By Justin Mann on January 20, 2006, 2:31 PM
The iPhoto is upsetting some folks in the RSS and Atom community. The iPhoto's Photocasting feature is coming under fire for not conforming to standards, much less so than even Microsoft who are notorious for forging their own path.

"It ignores features of HTTP that Netscape 4 supported in 1996, and mis-implements features of XML that Microsoft got right in 1997. It ignores 95 per cent of RSS and Atom and gets most of the remaining five per cent wrong."
Ouch. Because of this, many RSS readers are unable to receive feeds from the iPhoto. Unlike other standards such as CSS, RSS is not a centrally governed format. There is no real “compliance test” other than following the work of the creator of RSS. Apple refused a statement, and it may end up being left to the developers of RSS readers to ensure “compliance” with the iPhoto.




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mentaljedi said:
A bit pathetic if you ask me. Too much focus on Ipod, they can't get the RSS right. I mean, are they perfosly being annoying?
DragonMaster said:
I heard that Apple's giving any developers an headache ... and that it's the reason that there's a lot of software that's not developed for Mac.
nathanskywalker said:
[quote]It ignores features of HTTP that Netscape 4 supported in 1996, and mis-implements features of XML that Microsoft got right in 1997. It ignores 95 per cent of RSS and Atom and gets most of the remaining five per cent wrong."[/quote] Well if any of that is at all accurate, then there is some reason to complain. Though there is very little doubt that there is much bias in that quote, even half that could cause problems for the users.
Race said:
If true, hopefully this is an innocent oversite on the part of Apple.At the moment, I do think that feathers are getting ruffled a bit pre-maturely, based on comments from both sides.
Nic said:
Everything Apple does is deliberate...they only care about themselves...one of the least likeable software companies around...nice (overpriced) products though...
MonkeyMan said:
Bad, bad, bad, for RSS. Before they even released this software, they should have known, that they should have had everything in place. I think maybe they just didn't care, and were thinking about getting some quick sales, even though they would recieve some backlash. I hope things turn out better for RSS.
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