The previous version of Scripting News toyed with the idea of having title-less feeds, but resulted in a view like below in NextGen Reader.
Recently however, Dave updated his software (i.e. his weblog) and along with it titles came back into play. You can see this in the first post in the screenshot below, makes quite a difference doesn’t it? Fact is that most feed readers area geared to work with a title accompanying the post albeit such a requirement isn’t mandated by the spec.
Whilst RSS without titles are a great idea if you post multiple updates per day, but with the lack of tooling to support it, it leaves the user experience for the readers in a less enviable position. Then again, is it much different to how Twitter works? What if we were allowed to import our OPML lists into Twitter and have items come through as they were posted?
If you have a Windows 8 tablet or laptop you'll be familiar with the Reading List
bookmark app from Microsoft. Whilst great as it is, we have a native application used to save web
based resources, yet not have any web
way of retrieving that same data!
I've submitted a request
to Microsoft via its UserVoice feedback system to allow for an open API access to the Reading List service, thus enabling the community to build additional methods of accessing said bookmarks.Vote up
if you think it's a good idea!
Well it seems as though me tinkering with the CMS (MiniBlog) that runs this blog has made the posts giving a 404 error. I think it has something to do with the HttpCache not refreshing. Regardless, there will be a few oddities whilst I get things back in order around here.
This video is a must watch on how web design has evolved over the last 20 years or so. Amazingly, I’m happy to have been involved with the web for 16 of those years (though no where near at the calibre of Zeldman).
It’s been 9 years since Microformats were conceived, and whilst we don’t talk about it as much these days it’s reassuring to see the effort and development continue. There’s more info at this blog post at microformats.org.