Finally, a Use for Atom

November 8, 2004 3:13 PM

I've mentioned before the irony of Atom being touted as better because it is "clearly specified", while at the same time certain large organisations are trying to force the widespread adoption of a spec that is still, in fact, being vehemently argued over, and is full of "To be decided" sections.

I would, however, like to thank the tireless participants in Atom's standardisation process. Whilst testing mail archiving, my 30Mb atom-syntax folder, with its sprawling, multi-forked threads, made great test data.


Bwahahaha. You mean they are still bitch fighting over that box and dice? Geez.

If you are looking for something more substantial, try the OmniGroup archives... for example the WebObjects list weight a sizable 155 MB [1]...

Jamie Zawinski's message threading [2] as well as Jon Udel's Internet Groupware notes about Group Discussion [3] might be of interest as well...


I used Zawinski's threading algorithm as the basis of my implementation, although I didn't stick to it religiously (I'm asking "which thread contains this document?", not "what are all the threads in this mailbox?", and don't want to sort through the entire corpus to get my answer).

Thanks for the pointer to Udell's paper, though, that looks pretty interesting.

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