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Support "enclosure" xml tag in syndicated accounts

Title
Support "enclosure" xml tag in syndicated accounts

Short, concise description of the idea
Support "enclosure" xml tag in syndicated accounts by placing the enclosure in an iframe, or by generating a text link for the enclosure's URL.

Full description of the idea
I created a syndicated account for a podcast feed (wwo_podcast), but it is not including the actual podcast in the updates. Upon looking at the XML for the feed, I noticed that an <enclosure> tag is used for the podcast's MP3. Therefore I propose the following implementations:

1) Place the enclosure in an iframe.

This would be similar to the way that LiveJournal now allows you to embed media from any site by placing it into an iframe. I don't know much about the enclosure tag, so I don't know if it would work similar to the <embed> HTML tag. It would be nice if it did, because then the media could be played right from the feed's updates.

2) Alternatively, create a text link for the enclosure's URL.

If placing the enclosure in an iframe wouldn't work, then an alternative would be to parse the enclosure tag by autogenerating a text link for the url and including it in the body of the post.

Note that this suggestion is different than [http://community.livejournal.com/suggestions/596953.html?nc=15], which is asking that the enclosure tag be support in feeds generated by LiveJournal itself. This is asking the opposite: that LiveJournal support the enclosure tag from outside feeds that have had syndicated accounts created for them.

An ordered list of benefits
  • LiveJournal uses could receive more media on their Friends list.

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • May lead to an increase in the amount of syndicated accounts being created, thereby causing strain on resources.
  • May not be possible to implement.
  • May not be the way that the enclosure tag was meant to be parsed, which possibly could cause problems with parsing the feed as a whole (wild speculation on my part; I really don't know much about XML).

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • Have someone code it.
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