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From Allen Gilliland <>
Subject Re: Styled RSS/Atom feeds in Roller 3.0 and a question about defaults
Date Tue, 25 Jul 2006 23:33:53 GMT
I agree with both points, they should optional, and the default should 
be enabled.

However, you didn't really elaborate on what you meant by optional.  I 
think that they should be optional both globally and at the weblog 
level, and i believe that individual weblog owners should have the 
ability to modify their stylesheet.

I think you should also put them in a different location, since we have 
basically EOLed that old /theme/* directory now.  Somewhere under 
/roller-ui/ would be better.

And I think it would be nice if it was just a pure .xsl file, rather 
than adding logic to it and making it a jsp.  Maybe each theme should 
maintain it's own xsl file?

-- Allen

Dave Johnson wrote:
> The problem and solution
> In Roller 2.X and earlier, it's not obvious how to use the newsfeed
> links that appear in most every blog. If you click on a link with one
> of the commonly used browsers (IE6 and Firefox), you get a download
> window -- not exactly a good user experience.
> With Roller 3.0, we're adding styled feeds. That means that, when you
> click on a feed URL with your browser, you'll see a nice friendly HTML
> page that tells you how to subscribe to the feed and lists the feed's
> latest entries -- see the attached image for an example.
> How it's done
> When a feed request comes in from a browser (we use user-agent and
> accepts headers to determine this), serve the feed with content type
> "text/html" so that the browser will load it. All feeds now include an
> XSL style-sheet that transforms the feed into the HTML you see in the
> browser. And by the way, with IE7, which has it's own built-in feed
> styler, the style-sheet is ignored.
> When a newsfeed reader accesses the same URL, it gets the feed XML
> (served with the right content-type application/atom+xml or
> application/rss+xml) and the stylesheet is ignored.
> The question
> The question is this: should styled-feeds be optional or always on
> and, if it's optional should styled feeds default to on or off?
> My opinion is that they should be optional and they should default to
> ON because good user experience should be the default.
> - Dave

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