Now, in my previous post, I'd mentioned that I might have some ideas to "put up" in response to this recent OPML and web directories kerfluffle. Here's my general idea:
How about trying XOXO, the
rel attribute on HTML links, and the
subsection link type—all with a bit of XSL to make it work?
Here's some working data and code:
- Here's the end result, a simple web directory.
Here are some clues as to what the above does:
- This directory started with this top-level outline. View source on this page, notice the "Syndication Feeds" link with the
- Applying this XSL using this web service is where the work gets done. This consists of dereferencing each link with a
rel="subsection"and transcluding the innards of the page at the end of the URL.
- Notice that the URL of "Syndication Feeds" comes from a domain other than
decafbad.com. If I wanted to, the third level of transclusion could've come from yet another domain, too.
I think this solution is better than using OPML for web directories. Although it could use some refinement—using a bit of
<iframe> or AJAX magic to include in a page, perhaps—it's not only already supported by more applications than OPML, it also leverages a lot of prior art and consensus work.
So, am I wrong here? If so, please tell me how, where, and why.