Wednesday, May 26, 2004

XML Icon: Yay or Nay?

Dave Walker has a rant against the orange XML icon (via Scobleizer): "Bright orange screams “click me”, right? What happens if the user clicks it? ... Feed autodiscovery is the only thing that makes sense."

This is a good point. The average user who doesn't know what it is and doesn't have a news aggregator installed will click on it and get an undesired result. For me, I use a combination of autodiscovery and dragging xml links from the browser to the aggregator. When I'm looking for the site feed link, an XML icon does help it to stand out. However, it'd be fine if people would standardize on the location. Then, I wouldn't have to hunt everywhere for it.