Well, I’m on a family trip today, but I had time to check out my teammate Taylor Cowan’s post on IE8 Webslices: Frequent Title Text Updates. It’s an excellent post that talks about a capability that we web slice developers sometimes forget - changing the button title after subscription. Yes, that’s really possible. Actually, it’s possible to change almost any of the data in the feeds data. It’s another reason why I prefer and recommend the 3 page pattern.
One other big fact about changing the button title – because this is part of the subscription / feed data, changing the title will make the button light up upon the next feeds check.
As you know, testing the button in the realistic visual way can be challenging. Most of us will change the update / synchronization data, set the TTL value to the minimum amount of 15 minutes, subscribe to the web slice, and then wait it out. This can be a tiresome and frustrating experience.
To top this, if you’re an evangelist and pushing web slices on a regular basis, it’s REALLY important to show the web slice button light up, maybe even a couple of times in a 60 second period – so a potential IE8 partner understands the significance of web slice update notification and why it creates customer loyalty.
Well, here’s a couple of tips for you!
Hope this helps someone. Would love to hear your feedback on this.
Back to vacation.