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Re: Visible MetaData == "Visible to whom?" was Re: Design Principles

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 11:53:33 -0700
Message-Id: <C0B49FA2-AB1F-4A3F-9D23-89A6390D38AF@apple.com>
Cc: "T.V Raman" <raman@google.com>, w3c-lists@mikeschinkel.com, hsivonen@iki.fi, public-html@w3.org
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>


On Mar 29, 2007, at 11:30 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:

> Maciej Stachowiak schrieb:
>> ...
>> So this is actually a perfect example of why visible metadata is  
>> better (and indeed HTML5 supports feed discovery on <a> elements,  
>> belatedly solving this problem).
>> ...
>
> The problem with this kind of approach is that it doesn't scale  
> very well. The average user is very confused by all these little  
> colored buttons (Atom, RSS1, RSS2, whatnot).

Now instead they get one colored button (either RSS or the curvy  
lines icon) with maybe a context menu listing those same things. And  
the button is in the browser chrome instead of the content. Both  
approaches can lead to bad UI. The question is just whether the  
content author can decide on the UI or if they are at the mercy of  
the browser.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Thursday, 29 March 2007 18:53:52 GMT

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