RE: single point of failure, HTML-style

From: Gavin Thomas Nicol (
Date: Sun Apr 29 2001 - 07:34:45 PDT

This article is pretty uninformed.

> >Now a bazillion sites are broken because the file was an XML DTD.
> >DTD's live in just one place. By definition.


> > >The problem here is that the RSS format was written in XML and
> used a DTD
> > >(document type definition) that was stored on the Netscape
> > >servers. Whenever *someone* *somewhere* tries to parse a RSS file the
> > >Netscape server is queried for the file and the RSS file is validated
> > >against it. So now that Netscape removed the file people don't
> get to see
> > >the RSS summary but get an error instead.

This is a poor architecture. Don't blame XML for bad applications....

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