It is done.
The site is updated, everything is in working order.
New feature: The ability to browse to, and therefore link to, individual posts.
XML files are valid XHTML. If I decide to put this method together with a simple content management system, the files will be a snap to update, as long as the user has a minimal knowledge of HTML.
Alternate styles are much easier to implement, as follows:
Start looking for XSL tutorials in the upcoming weeks. As soon as I wake up.