Dave tackles the issue of who invented RSS head-on.

In the dustup over Microsoft's RSS patents, some of the mainstream press brought up, once again, the issue of Who Invented RSS. But RSS doesn't have an inventor. It wasn't invented. Something else happened, something harder than invention, imho -- an activity that we don't have a word for in the English language.

- via Scripting News

Reading this, it occurred to me that he's right. RSS wasn't invented. RSS was collaborated.

Anyone with an english major will cringe at my use of an intransitive verb in this way, but I suspect that they will be outnumbered by the rest of the folks that see the beauty of abusing our dear evolving language. ;-)