FW: [RSS-DEV] usability of RSS links
- fyi, on rss-dev :
> If the users are following the RSS link from a HTML browser, one(Lucas Gonze:)
> approach to giving them more information is to provide CSS styling to
> the XML legible, as the W3C do with their feed:
That's a good idea. That clears up the "ugly mess of angle brackets"
problem, and the atom:info trick clears up the issue of explaining what
the page is.
This particular feed is RSS 2.0, so I can't use the atom.css file from
http://www.shellen.com/sandbox/atom-info-proposal.html verbatim. I had
to do two things to make it work in RSS 2.0. First, I copied just the
"info" class from atom.css into a separate file on the web server.
Second, I added the following to my RSS template:
<viewinbrowser:info>This page is intended to be viewed in an RSS
newsreader. For a non-technical explanation of what this means, please
do a web search for "intro to RSS."</viewinbrowser:info>
* A real URL for the namespace.
* Much prettier CSS.
* The ability to embed links in the info element, so the user isn't
BTW, I got the RSS feed working today, looks pretty good. Thanks to
all for assistance.
> Another step in the same direction is to provide further informationYahoo! Groups Links
> with an
> additional <atom:info> element, as described here:
> (this is designed for Atom, but the technique would be consistent with
> XML versions of RSS).
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