What’s the acronym for “rolling on the floor, choking and gasping while pissing myself”? Oh, yeah.
Welcome a new shooter (yup, intended) to the Syndication Wars! Daniel Henry’s SDF would like to be the one true format that sneaks through the underspecified, overspecified, overacrimonious mess we currently have, to be so clear and pure and safe and flexible that Aunt Tillie will hand-code her recipies in it while her nephew Mr. Safe convinces his company to publish every word they emit in it as well.
Eh, it only took me about ten minutes to support it (assuming my current minimal version is right): index.sdf.
Oh, you won’t actually be able to conveniently follow that link, will you? Between the type application/sdf+xml and the fact that SDF mandates that all links to its files be in the sdf: pseudo-protocol, you’ll need to install an SDF reader, and have it register as an SDF handler.
But the “my way or the highway” fun doesn’t stop there: at the top of the spec is a warm-fuzzy Creative Commons (by-nd) license, but at the bottom is:
Closed extension means that absolutely no one but the collective authors of this specification are granted the right to create future versions of the SDF document type. SDF has been copyrighted, trademarked and/or patented in a very strong effort on the part of Howell Developments to protect SDF from possible version skew. Anyone and everyone has been granted irrevocable permissions to produce products that use this specification to generate, catalogue, digest or use SDF documents for any purpose they wish.
However, these legal protections have been put in place to ensure that the definition of SDF documents is held centrally, as one source upon which all parties may rely, as should be the case with any true standard. Howell Developments reserves the right to pursue legal action against any entity that threatens to destabilize SDF by producing alternate versions of this document type.
Um. The specification is controlled by a working group appointed by a single vendor, who will hunt down anyone who dares use the letters SDF for anything vaguely related to syndication like a rabid dog.
Christ. This stuff writes itself.
(Via the fun folks at TheRSSWeblog)