AJAX Content + SEO

I am about to redesign one of my sites, and would like to try and seperate the HMI and business logic as much as possible, ideally by creating an API that delivers data via XML, so it can easily be used by others.

I have been playing around with JQuery a lot recently, and its XML handling looks ideal, and perfect for what I want to achieve. However after loading a demo page, I clicked “view source” and none of the content loaded using JQuery AJAX appears.

I assume search engines will see the same, as they generally ignore javascript? Is this correct?

I guess the alternative is to create a PHP script to parse the XML instead, does anyone know of any good PHP XML libraries?

Search engine crawlers don’t have support for javascript in the same way a browser does. Some don’t have any support.

See php’s simplexml extension