The Podlove Project wants to drive Podcast development by providing community-backed specifications that solve real problems of podcasters, podcast client and podcast users alike.
Once there is significant support for some common behaviour, we try to describe the necessary data formats, network protocols or practices in easy to understand and easy to implement documents and publish them here. These specifications have been written so far:
Podlove Simple Chapters
XML-based extension for Atom and RSS feeds to express simple chapter structures
Podlove Deep Linking
Atom-based convention on how to convey web player information to a podcast client allowing deep linking into media content
Podlove Alternate Feeds
Best practice on how to relate to alternate feeds from within one podcast feed to give clients and users a choice of media formats and/or delivery methods
Using the RFC 5005 specification to span podcast feeds over multiple pages to keep subscription feeds small while retaining access to old episodes for the user to access.