Ok, it may not be the end of funky, but I’m one of those people who consider the W3C as sort of the stewards of the web and the standards used upon it, so it’s nice to see they’re getting involved with the Feed Validator:
W3C is pleased to launch the W3C Feed Validation Service, a free online tool open to creators of syndication feeds in formats such as RSS and Atom. Based on ‘feedvalidator’, and adding a SOAP Web service interface for interactive programming, the tool is useful for automatic or batch syntax checking. This service joins the existing pool of free, open source tools offered by W3C to the Web development community to help build a better World Wide Web. Learn more in the announcement.
Who knows? Maybe someday that RSS thing will even be a standard?