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Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Can we stop it with the orange XML buttons already?

Filed under: Syndication

It’s like having a “get your ASCII here” button; completely meaningless.

There are literally thousands of XML formats out there, so you’re not really being helpful by labelling it as such (the */xml media types have similar problems).

If you want to advertise that you have an RSS feed available, call it RSS; it’s not that hard. And do us all a favour; put it at the top of the page so it’s easy to find.

Orange is fine.

(Feeling cranky after a nasty bout with the flu… can somebody please bring me some ginger ale?)


2 Comments

Richard D. Fuhr said:

I wholeheartedly agree; label those little orange tags RSS instead of XML.

Saturday, January 31 2004 at 1:35 AM

phalacee said:

or RDF … depending on what format you use … RSS is just as obscure as XML nowadays though …

Tuesday, May 11 2004 at 8:41 AM

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