Why is the Google Homepage API not HTML?

Someone please explain to me why the Google Homepage API is a small XML format that includes an HTML bit, instead of just HTML itself?

Okay, so they introduce a few bits of meta data. The links, such as screenshot can be handled by <link /> with rel=”screenshot” and such. The other bits of data can be handled by <meta />, except for the title… there’s already one of those in HTML 😉

Note that I haven’t taken a good look at any of the Microsoft Live Gadgets, Google Sidebar API, Yahoo! Widgets (Konfabulator), or Dashboard.

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