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Apple\'s iPhoto 6 creates invalid RSS, limits use

updated 12:25 pm EST, Tue January 17, 2006

Photocasting limits?

Apple's latest release of iPhoto 6 (Really Simple Syndication) for its new 'photocasting' feature and asks non-Safari to download/use Apple's own browser for the "best experience," taking what some say is a page from Microsoft's playbook. Photocasting, which Apple has touted as part of its new iLife suite of applications, allows users to easily share photos with each other online. Viewing Apple's 'photocasting' feed in a browser other than Safari, or subscribing to the feed using a newsreader other than NetNewsWire displays an HTML page requesting that they use Apple's Safari browser instead, which some say is Apple taking yet another opportunity to push its own products. While the error page offers a direct link to the RSS feed, several bloggers have noted that it uses non-standard tags and contains validation errors.

"If you know your XML, check out this browser-viewable sample, and the validation report that points out some of the errors it contains. The feed validator misses further errors to do with nonstandard tags that have not been marked as such with the apple-wallpapers: namespace prefix. Apple has put up the equivalent of a 'best experienced in Internet Explorer' page to turn its own ineptitude into a marketing opportunity."




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  1. diamondsw

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Ugh

    Damn, that's... really disgusting. And I love Apple.

  1. JoshFofer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    username/password glitch

    having uppercase in the username doesn't work either... just tells you "wrong username" when you KNOW it's not wrong. Only fix is to disable photocasting, and re-enable it with a lowercase username.

    And why ask for a username at all when all you can create is one? why not just ask for a password?

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Sauce for the goose!

    Why do we expect so much more from Apple when a more aggressive (Microsoft?) approach years ago might have produced a larger installed user base. In recent years, they have invoked the use of many supposedly "deplorable" strategies that are ubiquitous outside the Mac bubble. If you like Apple you have to like the idea of the company staying in business, and in a World where the way business is done is beyond even Steve's control, what choice do they have?

  1. Loquetis

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Same in Safari

    Does the same in Safari v2.0.3 too, so I think it maybe more that is broken. When I first tried this, it stated that photocast.mac.com couldn't be found..... Here's the one I "made" with iPhoto 6, you can see what it does. I'm running Tiger 10.4.4. Bobbi http://photocast.mac.com/bobbistyle/iPhoto/bobsiteone/index.rss

  1. just a poster

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Bad Apple

    Instead of modifying RSS to make the experience better with Safari, modify Safari to make the experience better with RSS.

    Bad, bad Apple.

  1. leary

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Works here

    I did a quick test with two albums in NetNewswire lite last night and it worked fine, no message about Safari. Hmm...

  1. leary

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    And also

    Checked out Bobbi's page in Safari and it also works fine. Running latest Tiger as well... this is strange.

  1. adrian_milliner

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    are you sure?

    Haven't tried, but samples I've seen do not include a reference to a DTD or schema, so how can anyone say it's invalid (aka does not validate) ?

    And since when did standards ever become associated with RSS? I think only Atom 1.0 even approaches a properly defined standard.

    http://diveintomark.org/archives/2004/02/04/incompatible-rss is worth a read.

    Still, Apple should be more conscientious about all this.

  1. parsec_kadets

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Thank God I'm not crazy!

    I thought I was going insane when I was trying to view my photocast with a windows RSS reader. I don't know how anyone can defend this when Apple says on its iPhoto page "Oh, and if Aunt Sophia doesn’t have iPhoto or she has a computer that runs Windows, she can still subscribe to your Photocasts via any RSS-compatible browser or RSS reader." How can that be if Apple used some proprietary format that they intentionally mucked with so it can't be validated? Either this is a case of false advertising, or this is a bug. What? Software can have bugs? Who knew?

  1. automorrow

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Bump.. Read Link RSS

    http://diveintomark.org/archives/2004/02/04/incompatible-rss

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