[wp-hackers] JSON Syndication

Matt Patenaude MattPat at mattpat.net
Fri Feb 16 01:25:31 GMT 2007

Hey there,

For more than a year now, I've been developing my own content  
management system called Tux CMS (http://blogwithtux.org), which  
takes a lot of its feature ideas and concepts from WordPress (I've  
also ported a few WP themes over to it). Extremely little borrowed  
code, but a lot of borrowed inspiration, so first of all, I'd like to  
say thanks to the WordPress team for an awesome product! :)

Second, though, I would like to suggest a feature. For the past few  
months I've been getting fed up with XML, and getting to know JSON.  
XML can be quite clunky, and really isn't suited for syndication when  
you think about it. JSON, on the other hand, is a very lightweight  
data serialization language, which greatly improves size and  
simplicity of use of syndicated content (it has direct relationships  
to programming structures, so it's easier to access programmatically  
than XML through the DOM).

I'm trying to get a movement going of a syndication format made  
completely in JSON. The first step, I figured, was to develop an  
informal specification: http://howto.blogwithtux.org/index.php? 

The next step was to create a working implementation of my  
specification: http://www.mattpat.net/json.php. But then, when trying  
to decide on the third step, I wondered, hmm, what would get this the  
most exposure? Why, implementation by one of the best and most widely  
used blogging engines, of course! I'm a big fan of WordPress (despite  
the fact that I write my own CMS... of course, it's open source, so I  
would call it more friendly competition), so I thought I might start  

Is this something WordPress developers might be interested in? I want  
to make this a large movement... I even wrote an article on A List  
Apart for it (still waiting for a response on it).

Let me know!

Matt Patenaude

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