Freaky Geekery With XSL and Blogging

Below contains some extremely freaky geekery… proceed at your own
risk.

I’ve been playing with XSL recently, and was thinking that there really
should be a blogging platform that uses XSL as its template language. We
could get away from all the MT
tags, all the funny TextPattern
stuff, and WordPress could have
some templating language outside of PHP. It doesn’t even have to be
slow. Each type of page (home, archive, individual, etc) could be
configured to put certain elements into the DOM, and you could then
associate each template with an XSL file (like you do with TextPattern
today).

It could be a lot of things, especially if the major tool providers
could agree on a schema (I’m thinking Atom with some extentions for
category lists, etc). Templates could be traded among systems. If you
create a new tool, you’d only need to use DOM/XSL and you’ve got your
templating language, and if enough of the tools support it, you
know you’ll be able to find people who know. The people who know it, as
an added bonus, are not limited to just blogging. XSL is used in other
tools and industries.

Of course, I don’t have the time to do anything about any of
this, but it sure would be fun, wouldn’t it?

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