XML Bookmark Exchange Language
The Python XML
SIG has had some really great times in its history. One of the
highlights is the development of XML Bookmark Exchange Language (XBEL).
In September of 1998, just as I was joining the group, they were
developing this bookmarks exchange language that's still used in more
browsers and bookmark management projects than any other particular
format. The XML-SIG has fallen on quiet times, and one of the side
effects of this is that additional work on XBEL has been neglected.
Earlier this year we agreed on the SIG to give XBEL its own home on
SourceForge, but no one stepped up to make it happen, until John L.
Clark got to it last week (thanks, John).
XBEL's new home is
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xbel/. The old home is still up, but I think we should move it to http://xbel.sourceforge.net/, with some updates and maybe a design update (maybe make the page XHTML). We'll be discussing such things on the new XBEL mailing list, so please come join us. The main goal is to add more features to XBEL needed for its original role in browser bookmarks exchange, but I'm also interested in making it a useful format for general Web resource lists such as feed lists (e.g. a superior alternative to OPML).
John wrote up a good summary of recent discussions of
I'll have more on our efforts summarized here on Copia as we progress.