RSS: The Big Tussle over a Tiny Orange Box
Microsoft's proposal for a redesign of the RSS icon is creating more controversy than the company's strategy for adding RSS support to its IE and Windows Vista products. (Microsoft Watch)Microsoft Corp. set off a storm of comments and feedbackboth glowing and damningthis weekend when officials requested feedback on a proposed RSS icon redesign for the Internet Explorer 7.0 tool bar. Details about the planned RSS icon redesign emerged on the Microsoft RSS Teams Weblog on Saturday. "The choice of what icon to use is challenging because it should be universally symbolic, but today there is no single icon that represents feed," according to a posting on the RSS Team blog site.
"Instead theres a variety of mostly orange rectangles with the words XML, RSS, ATOM, FEED, or Subscribe. Our goal is to make sure that the icon is something that is understandable by all of our users: novice, advanced, developer, business, international, etc."