[PP-main] working towards peer press 1.0

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Mon Mar 13 04:14:45 CET 2000

the reason that i specified those constraints within the document
was this:

if peer press becomes as successful as most people on this list envisage
it would, setting guidelines for the content formats would allow
more end users to access the information. however, i understand
where both nick and rusty are coming from - and agree that maybe it
is a *little* harsh putting such restrictions in the system.

does everyone think that the system would be better if *any* sort of
binary data were simply described in XML and then the affiliate sites
decide on a case by case basis of what data types they will receive?

thanks for the feedback,


On Sun, 12 Mar 2000, Rusty Foster wrote:

> Nick Lothian wrote:
> > 
> > No - I can't say I agree with this. Sites should be free to distribute
> > whatever they want, and client sites should choose what they show based on
> > their capabilities and interests.
> I second this. Content providers should provide a description of
> multimedia content, including what it is, what format/codec it's in, how
> big the file is, and where to find it, but I see no value in imposing
> rules on what codec we'll "allow" sites to offer or accept.
> --R
> > 
> > I can see no reason that the syndication system should care what format the
> > data is in. The XML description file should describe the content of the file
> > sufficiently to be able to choose if a client wants it or not.
> > 
> > I don't really want to get in to a philsophical discussion about what
> > freedom is, but what if someone wants to syndicate flash graphics, or even
> > GIF images (or MS Word files) surely we should allow that?
> > 
> > Am I missing something here?
> > 
> > Nick
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