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Re: About RSS

From: Justin Thorp <justin@mycapitalweb.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 11:12:26 -0400
Message-Id: <491CEEF4-DCA2-4168-9604-C82C3D971F2F@mycapitalweb.com>
Cc: "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
To: Barry McMullin <mcmullin@eeng.dcu.ie>

Hi Barry,

Thanks for you comments!

On Aug 8, 2005, at 11:33 AM, Barry McMullin wrote:

> It might be an idea to mention that RSS is one of the key  
> technologies for accessing blogs?  Some of the target audience may  
> have heard at least something about blogging, so this would be  
> another hook to help understand what RSS is about...

I would be concerned that adding a mention of blogging could add more  
complexity to the page.  It would be adding one more buzz term that a  
lot of people aren't familiar with yet.

> At the moment, even if I know perfectly well what RSS is, it seems  
> I have to go via the "About RSS" page before getting the actual  
> link I can subscribe to.

I did some research and about half of the sites took me directly to  
the RSS feed and the other half (e.g. NY Times, CNN, and Yahoo) took  
me to an About RSS feed page with links from there to the RSS feed.

We determined in the UCD analysis that we wanted to cater to  
novices.  Therefore, at this time we'd rather have the link explain  
itself for now.  We may change it later.

> That is not really consistent with the usual practice I've  
> encountered elsewhere, to the extent that I missed the link  
> completely the first couple of times I looked (I assummed that an  
> RSS feed for the "Highlights" would be somewhere close to the  
> "Highlights" heading, or at least in the same column...). I'm  
> inclined to suggest that the RSS feed link might be right in the  
> "Highlights" header element or immediately after? This would be as  
> well as, and separate from, providing the "About RSS" link in the  
> side navigation panel...

This is something that we are looking into but its not a high  
priority at this time.

Thanks again for your comments!

Justin Thorp
Received on Wednesday, 24 August 2005 15:12:53 UTC

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