Sunday, October 09, 2005

RSS Icon Issue - good idea from Microsoft!

Dave Winer, I totally disagree with your comments on RSS icon issue. For a change, Microsoft's idea to redo RSS icon makes perfect sense to non-geeks like myself. It is "World Wide Web" and the icons need to adress the "global" requirements. Use of english words "RSS" is totally not acceptable.

Having said the above, Microsoft can reduce the number of icons so that users are not confused.


At 2:19 PM, Blogger brijwhiz said...

For a person who from a non-English speaking background the word "RSS" is just a symbol. The orange button with RSS has already existed for more than 2 years and is known by people who are already working with it. Why does Microsoft want to change it now? If they wanted to do somthing about it - it should have been done at least a couple of years earlier.

I am not a design specialist and I must admit I like many of Dave Winer's ideas. However in this precise situation what really gets on my nerves is that everytime Microsoft comes along they always waste a lot of time reinventing stuff.

At 2:54 PM, Blogger Kamesh Shukla said...

I respectfully beg to differ with your comment, "...For a person who from a non-English speaking background the word "RSS" is just a symbol..."

Some 10 years back I went to Japan as a young punk to do consulting work with zero knowledge of Japanese. I was supposed to travel from airport to Yasu station. My Japanese customer gave me a paper with the Yasu written in Japanese so that I could match the symbols at the train station. Boy, I must tell you how confusing it was for me to match the Japanese alphabets. The point is, RSS to a non-english user is confusing and offensive like Japanese was to me. Keep in mind that awareness of RSS is quite low among Internet users. 12% of users are aware of RSS, and 4% have knowingly used RSS according to a report from Yahoo (
So, now is the time to do something to standardize the icons and other aspects of RSS.

Agree 100% on your comment about microsoft wasting time in trying and reinventing stuff.


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