[wp-hackers] A thought about wp-rss2.php

Robert Deaton false.hopes at gmail.com
Fri Jul 1 08:26:46 GMT 2005

I say rather than make the users worry about hacking, we just add the proper 
hooks for plugins, makes everything so much simpler.

On 7/1/05, Luc Saint-Elie <lstelie at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> It's just a thought, not a proposition of some code.
> wp-rss2.php conception relates to an area when RSS feed were just a
> new, high tech way to access the weblog content.
> Today things are rather quickly evolving. I'm pretty sure a poll about
> the amount of RSS access among weblogs would be surprising
> In my case current situation is shown here :
> http://blog.saint-elie.com/images/viedusite/rss_access.jpg (as you can
> see 50% of my visitors arrive by a RSS way and I doubt to be the only
> one)
> The day when the first "browser" will be a RSS reader is not that far.
> The point of this message is that RSS is a higly delicate area, far
> more that HTML/XHTML.
> A very light error breaks the readers and so on.
> WP is a dam good HTML/XHTML machine, probably the best one... but a
> very average RSS machine.
> Hacking wp-rss2.php is a very risky task... and for an average wp
> install there is a lot to hack (to add creative commons namespace and
> tags, now to add iTunes domain name and tags for podcasters and so on)
> It would perhaps be a not so bad solution to have a system that output
> a static xml file updated each time a new post is isued, in the spirit
> of GoogleMaps plug ins.
> This way, correcting a badly tagged output would be easier and it
> would be possible more easily for users to adapt their system to new
> propositions. For example the recent iTunes Podcasting story as shown
> two things : the first one is that a huge lot of podcaster use
> WordPress (I'm one of those), the second is that these guys have to
> struggle a lot to suddenly adapt their install to the new situation.
> My two cents
> Luc
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--Robert Deaton
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