Wednesday, 25 January 2006
Little Orange “feed” Buttons
About two years ago, I got a little grouchy about those little orange XML buttons, and exhorted people to label them properly with RSS.
Then came along a little thing called Atom, and “RSS” doesn’t necessarily cover it. Besides which, a TLA isn’t necessarily the most user-friendly way to foist a new Web technology onto people.
Rather than confronting people with a miniature forest of icons and badges for different formats, I’ll be gracefully transitioning to Atom by first changing the icons to feed, and eventually pointing them at the Atom feeds instead of their RSS counterparts. Not that the RSS will disappear, for the foreseeable future.
With any luck, nobody will notice. That’s the way these things are supposed to work, anyway.