As most of you will have seen from Donncha's post in the Dashboard, easy tags are on the to-do list for 1.6. This was news to me, as my understanding was always that the developers were pretty wedded to keeping template functions as raw php rather than developing a metalanguage that wouldn't be transferable to other applications.
So what's the deal here? Have people been hijacking the Codex with wishful thinking? Are we going to have to learn a new set of template tags? (Just to be clear: I don't mind doing that at all, if they're more comprehensible than the present bunch). I know 1.6 is a looooong way off, but if major changes are going to take place the theme development community will need some time to get to grips with them.