Thursday, November 24, 2005

Danny Ayers asks Raymond the question that XML geeks always ask about OPML. And Raymond gives him the answer I always give (but it's great they can hear it from a user now). "There are tools." Users don't care about formats, they care about getting their ideas organized and out there. OPML does that for them. I remember explaining that to Edd Dumbill five years ago, and he then wrote about it on XML.Com and ridiculed it, saying OPML had "secret hidden powers." If you make software for users, there's no mystery. OPML is unique in that the application, outlining, existed before the format. So unlike most XML formats, it's not stuck waiting for tools.—Dave Winer
*Bzzzt* WRONG! The OPML format isn't for users. It's for developers. That's like saying that assembly code is for users. Software is for users. Source code is for developers. Formats are for developers.

Oh, and you say, "OPML is unique in that the application, outlining, existed before the format." That doesn't make it unique. Do you think page layout didn't exist before CSS?

Just because people use something doesn't make it great. Just remember that people use FrontPage too.

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