Stephen Downes

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Useful profile of Dave Winer, co-author of the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and (the article asserts) collaborator with Netscape on the RSS protocol. Some errors - RSS, as originally formulated by Netscape, stoop for "Rich Site Summery" - the name "Really Simple Syndication" is Winer's recasting. And while Winer is correctly characterized as the champion of simplicity, the article does not mention Winer's steadfast opposition to RDF (which is what distinguishes his RSS 0.9 from O'Reilly's RSS 1.0). Also, compare this item with the Ubiquity article's comments about SOAP and security. Simplicity comes with a price.

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