Re: [blogite] PingBack description files

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From: Jim Dabell (
Date: Sun Sep 08 2002 - 19:29:31 BST

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On Saturday 07 September 2002 5:44 pm, Aquarion wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 07, 2002 at 06:06:01PM +0100, Simon Willison wrote:
> > I've got a solution. Unfortunately it uses XML namespaces - is this a
> > big problem?
> My main problem with it would be that it appears to change the
> implementation of pingback from one single <link> to a forty page XML
> file, with excess detail on everything.

A bit of an exaggeration, don't you think? :)

> The whole point of the original
> spec was that all the client had to do was send off a single RPC-XML
> request saying it was linked to. This is quick, this is efficent, this
> is /easy/.

It's also non-extendable. Doing the exact same thing, except grabbing the
xml file to get the location of the rpc file is not that much different
(assuming no namespaces).

> XML-RPC is a nice standard, it's an /easy/ standard, and it was
> /designed/ for things like this. It also needs more people to know it
> exists. The fact that you *could* use alternatives is valid, but then
> again you *could* use Trackback, and the whole point of this was that
> Trackback was an overengineered solution to a fairly simple problem.

XML-RPC isn't as easy to implement (imho) as grabbing an email address out
of an xml file and firing off an email saying "Hey! I've linked to you!".

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Jim Dabell

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