Metadata transfer standards & protocols:

The first step to a semantic web. RSS or RDF. Why is this important? Since the 'Net is a world of ideas, defining the substrate in which the expression of those ideas are rooted is important. This is why an RSS, RDF or Atom standards war would be a really, really bad thing. I don't refer to competing standards as a standards war. That's simple healthy competition. A standards war is two parties attempting to attain dominance in a standard space/market share.

If there is a war, and it gets ugly, then the resulting schisms in metadata comprehension will become the net's biggest headache, which would be a pity. Developers, you thought the browser wars were bad...

To put it mildly.

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