Theresa O’Connor

Visible Metadata

In which I explain why you occasionally see stuf like this in my feed.

My new blog backend stores pretty much everything in Atom Entry Documents. While implementing the new backend, I’ve defined several custom link relations (listed here) and two three category schemes (control, moods, and tags).

Though nothing in RFC 4287 requires atom:link/@rel or atom:category/@scheme to be dereferenceable, I strongly believe that metadata ought to be visible, so I’ve posted explanations to each of the metadata URLs. That way, curious individuals reading my feed source can find out what these things are all about.

So that’s why random, spec-like bits of text occasionally show up in my feed. Sorry for the noise!