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    I am a web developer, so I am looking, researching for new ways to syndicate content between my company and our affiliates.

    The problem is we need it to be dynamic, and controllable, and still be searchable by search engines...

    There are so many ways to try.

    XML Data Islands - Only works in IE 5 and up or Netscape 6 maybe
    Javascript - Not everyone has javascript on, and it isn't searchable
    Iframes - Can be a pain for usability, but some people disable dynamic content.

    I am not finding the answer I want...

    For examples the big issue with delivering xml content, is that the source has to be on the same website/domain as the recipient.

    Which makes no sense...It's based on some Active-X stuff built in IE.

    Any thoughts or ideas?

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    why don't you just deliver straight xml/rss feeds ? let the reciever format it or provide your own rss/xml reader

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    yep - xml/rss is the way to go.

    The recipient has to format it - easy through perl, php etc, or - as babeski says, provide your own reader.

    I do this across my own sites (albeit from a commercial db platform ... but it's not rocket science) to maintain a central db of articles and incorporate them on other sites via xml.

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    CrazyGuy =

    p.s. love your new sign, CrazyGuy

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    iframe content doesn't get spidered either....

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    However, what if they have no coding capabilities, other than to plug in the javascript or iframe or xml code i give them?

    I want the data to come from us, to be cross-browser compliantly delivered to them...

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    We also offer jscript drop ins.

    Here's the page explaining our syndication offerings

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    @crosenblum - if affiliates have only basic html capabilities, then I guess they'll have to live with pasting a javascript tag and getting unspidered content. The simplest I can imagine the spiderable version getting is you giving them (say) a Perl script that they have to upload and change permissions on, then they call it from an SSI tag on .shtml pages and pass parameters to identify the content they want (like /cgi-bin/syndicator.cgi?article=widget-design).
    But there's no doubt that this will be beyond many.

    @phillyBurbs - what can I say, I'm pathetic ... and petty

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    XML/RSS and Javascript are the two main syndication technologies out there.

    Javascript is far simpler and more universally usable by webmasters. Just look at Google AdSense. It's basically the same idea (content provided by another web site) and Javascript is the technology they chose.

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