In Formats for Blog Browsers, Dave writes:
I wanted to add a facility that would automatically back up all your weblog posts... "I bet RSS 2.0 could do this," I said out loud. And now that the code works, the answer is clear. It can. ... Then another lightning bolt hit me. ... What if someone made a browser that worked with this format? Let's call them Blog Browsers, apps specially designed for reading weblogs.About syndication formats, Anil Dash writes:
I have a radical proposal for a ubiqitous content syndication format, applicable for almost any purpose, but extremely well suited for weblogs. ... My new syndication format is called XHTML.In one corner, we have the syndication format taking over the document format. In the other corner, we have the document format taking over the syndication format! FIGHT!
Yeah, yeah, it's not quite that simple - but the opposed directions are interesting.