Monday, December 19th, 2005

IE team joins Mozilla on standard feed icon

Category: Editorial

When you are on a website in Firefox, and the site has an RSS feed, you see the “feed icon” to let you know.

Microsoft is getting into the feed game in a big way. Vista will have RSS everywhere, and IE 7 is embracing it a lot.

The IE team needed a way to show users that a feed was around, and they asked for ideas from the community.

They ended up going one better than taking a nice image from Bob in Missouri, and got together with the Firefox team. At the end of the day they announced that they would use the same Firefox feed icon, which now makes it a de facto standard :)

Why is this all important?

On the one hand, it is great to see the IE team being more transparant, and doing the right thing for the web community. We should praise this, and show that it is what we want.

This doesn’t mean that we all trust MS to do the right thing wrt CSS and Ajax. We need to make sure that we do what we can there, as we are at a tipping point where Ajax could be the platform of choice for a large percentage of rich applications. As long as IE doesn’t break things?

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:44 am
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i dont know why its so importent…

Comment by mark — December 19, 2005

Sure it’s a publicity stunt to some extend. But I think it also shows Microsoft is taking FireFox and the communities looking for web standardisation more seriously than they have in the past.

Comment by Richard Perrin — December 19, 2005

It’s important as it standardises how RSS is visually recognised on the web.

This is, however, countered by their insistence on adding “MS” in front of every TLA on the planet. See http://tinyurl.com/czaqz for the details…

Comment by Gold — December 19, 2005

This is a ‘good thing’ as far as I’m concerned. The standard icons means that when RSS hits the mainstream (as it will with Vista), people will have an identifiable icon regardless of what browser they prefer.

For bloggers and other sites that exploit RSS, this might lead to better subscription traffic in the long run. Of course, MS most will most likely coin their own name for RSS just to be different….

Comment by Gerard McGarry — December 19, 2005

Safari and others also have done this for a long time. Yay for IE finally catching up…

Comment by Tom Robinson — December 20, 2005

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