Generate correct embeds for Youtube videos in Atom/RSS
Short, concise description of the idea
Livejournal should generate correct HTML in RSS/Atom for LJ entries which contain Youtube videos.
Full description of the idea
When I make a Livejournal post with a Youtube video in it, the RSS and Atom feeds that LiveJournal generates for it are wrong.
Instead of including the original EMBED or OBJECT tag, LiveJournal is instead including the LJ-EMBED tag only.
The entire point of RSS feeds is to be able to present those items in feed readers and on other sites. And other sites, pretty much *by definition* do not understand the LJ-EMBED tag.
The fix is trivial. Livejournal should simply include the un-altered source of the post in the RSS feed, rather than the "sanitized" version. Include the version of the HTML that one sees when one does "edit".
Here is an example:
My post: http://jwz.livejournal.com/1122617.html
What I see when I "edit source" on that post:
<embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/URR--H97sYQ" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="512" height="298" autoplay="TRUE" scale="ASPECT" allowfullscreen="TRUE"></embed>
What is included in the Atom and RSS feeds at http://jwz.livejournal.com/data/atom --
- <lj-embed id="298">
This is, quite simply, a bug. But "support" replied to my email with a brush-off telling me to make a "suggestion" that this bug be fixed, so here we are.
- The RSS feed of my journal would be useful and correct.
- I guess if you like it being broken, this would be a drawback.