I stumbled upon something yesterday that I thought could be really useful, at least to me. Many people have suggested and explored the idea of XHTML syndication. Some have come from big names such as Anil Dash and Tantek. However, there is very little implementation.
If every blog/CMS could have its own link for a file that spits out formatted XHTML code, life would be easier. For example, if I wanted to provide a little feed of my weblogtoolscollection, I would simply include a file from that blog that would spit out pre-formatted, pre determined code. No messing with XML, no tags to worry about or feeds to validate and then parse. The div tags etc could be defined in simple, easy to understand terms and would allow simple CSS formatting as well. A couple of different methods could be used to generate and then serve the file. WordPress could include a synd.php (or anything else) which could be included as a php file inside another weblog which resided on the same server and had real path access. Another file called extern_synd.php (or anything else) could do a document.write to spit out the files in XHTML format inside a script tag.
Would there be any interest in this sort of thing? Here is the little peice of code which led me to this. I was writing a simple recent thumbnails for my Pictorialis and this is what I have so far. This is a simple modification of Alex King’s wp-mobile hack. I got sidetracked before I could finish it!