[development] the new standard RSS icon

Laura Scott laura at pingv.com
Fri Dec 23 23:56:00 UTC 2005

I'm of the opposite mind. Leaving IE users adrift re RSS seems 
unnecessary and hardly in the user-friendly spirit. Besides, I'm sure 
I'm not the only one who prefers to use Thunderbird or a newsreader to 
manage feeds, and the autodiscovery does nothing for that purpose. 
(Firefox requires me to create a live bookmark just so I can copy the 
feed address and paste it into another client, so then I can delete the 
live bookmark.) I consider it only common courtesy to offer up a feed 
link that is a visual offer for website visitors, and can be copied and 
pasted into a different program. (Also, if you want to pull a feed into 
your own Drupal site's aggregator, the autodiscover will not help you, 

What's more, the taxonomy feeds could be confusing to the website 
visitor as most sites do not have autodiscoverable feeds of their tagged 
content. Would the average web visitor even think to consider that live 
bookmarking a display of posts on "Christmas", for example, would not 
bookmark the entire site's feed?

While it would be nice to have more control over how and where the feed 
icons appear, I think 86ing them altogether to suit a personal aesthetic 
would be unfortunate. Maybe I'm wrong, but most people implementing 
Drupal I believe would be looking for them.


Bèr Kessels wrote:
> Op vrijdag 23 december 2005 22:15, schreef Neil Drumm:
>> On my personal sites I hide it entirely and rely on the browser picking
>> it up (I figure this is fine since my audience is technical and many use
>> Firefox or Safari, but I haven't checked the stats really).
> Yup. Feeds trough 'icons' or buttons is just plain silly.  It is unfriendly, 
> It requires users to jump trough hoops (copy-pasting and the likes).
> I know IE does not support it. I know IE is approx 100% of the market share. 
> But still, having it as metadata in drupals header is (imo) more then enough.
> I vote for removing all ugly XML or RSS icons. Anywhere in Drupal (and leave 
> it to themes if they insist to add them).
> Bèr
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