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Pushing better RSS feeds

July 6, 2007

Jean

RSS Feed Official IconWe just implemented a few changes to improve our handling of RSS feeds. RSS is becoming mainstream and it was time for UGAL to offer better support for them.

Our feeds now include the introduction copy of the news and back links to the news details page. They are available from the news details page, which should help making them much more visible to your visitors.

Keep reading for the complete list of changes.

 

Changes implemented in the RSS feeds:

  • The feeds now include the teaser (introduction) copy for the news, so subscribers can start reading your news in their favorite reader. The practice is pretty much standard, shame on us for not offering it from day one!
  • The bottom of each item in the feeds now contains back links to the news page, and to the comment section of the news.
  • The feeds now support accentuated characters (it was an issue mostly for websites in French).

Changes implemented on the news pages:

  • Web browsers (the modern ones) will now detect the feed from the news index and news details pages, by displaying the glowing orange icon in their address bar.
  • The page containing a list of the most common RSS feeds readers is gone. Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari now manage the subscription process gracefully, making the page obsolete and unnecessary.
  • We have added a serie of 3 pretty icons at the bottom of the news details page (after the copy). The first one is a link to the feed itself. Have a look below!

Happy feeds!

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