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  • Blog Post: Reading feeds in Right-to-Left order

    In the last few weeks, we have got some questions about how to display the IE7 Feed View in RTL (Right-To-Left) reading order, which is used by several languages. The good news: we do have support for RTL. IE decides whether to show a feed in RTL reading order based on one of three things: ...
  • Blog Post: Feeds Plus: An Intern Adventure

    Last summer, we had a couple of interns on the RSS team here in IE: Nate Furtwangler, a developer intern, and Chrix Finne, a Program Manager intern. Nate and Chrix both did an amazing job helping us to ship IE7 and Vista, and they also found the time to knock out a really cool project. Here's a big thanks...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista and Feeds

    As noted pretty much everywhere on the web, Windows Vista launched (for businesses) last week. Windows Vista includes IE7 and the Windows RSS Platform , and is therefore the first Windows operating system to ship with built-in support for RSS (and the first OS of any kind to have RSS support built...
  • Blog Post: Saving and loading feed lists in IE7 using OPML

    One question we get asked occasionally is: How do I back up my feed list? Well, it turns out that there is a standard way to save a feed list in a single file for backup or other purposes. It's called OPML , and IE7 supports importing and exporting feed lists via OPML. Here is the step-by-step process...
  • Blog Post: Securing feed enclosures

    Greetings, I am one of the developers on the RSS team, and to complement Sean’s and Walter’s recent postings on feed security, I would like to talk about one topic that didn’t get as much attention in recent discussions on feed security as perhaps it should have - feed enclosures. Enclosures are files...
  • Blog Post: More on Feed Security

    Shortly after the SPI Dynamics presentation that sparked a renewed discussion on feed security in the community last month, James Snell developed a suite of tests (based on an earlier set by James Holderness ), and generously made them available quietly to aggregator developers. He has now made the tests...
  • Blog Post: Script in Feeds

    You might have read the c|net article " Blog feeds may carry security risk " which summarizes the presentation given by Robert Auger and Caleb Sima of SPI Dynamics. The presentation points to potential dangers of malicious script embedded in feeds. This has sparked some discussion in the community. ...
  • Blog Post: Read Feeds with Ease in Beta 3

    IE7 Beta 3 is here ! We’ve snuck in some goodies in the feed reading user experience based on your Beta 2 feedback (keep the comments coming!). We are feature-complete for feed reading in IE7, but we’re still looking for feedback to make tweaks and fixes for the final release. If you run into issues...
  • Blog Post: Niall Kennedy, Feed Platforms, and Services

    I, for one, am very excited to have Niall Kennedy join the Windows Live team and drive the development of an RSS platform . For one thing, it's great to have someone with a voice that is as well-respected as his joining Microsoft in any capacity. Just last month, at Etech , Jane Kim joined Niall onstage...
  • Blog Post: Simple List Extensions in action

    Last summer, at Gnomedex 5.0, we announced the Simple List Extensions (SLE), which allow RSS and Atom feeds to be marked up with new tags that allow sorting/filtering and what we call "list semantics." There’s been a lot of feedback from the community and the specification has been updated and posted...
  • Blog Post: RSS at Mix06

    A quick plug for Mix06 - it's coming up fast (Mar 20-22), so get registered quickly. In case you missed it, Mix06 is a conference that’s focused on Internet technologies so, not surprisingly, RSS will be there in force, with a bunch of sessions that feature RSS fairly prominently. We'll have...
  • Blog Post: Part 2: Discover and Subscribe to Feeds

    To get started with feed reading experience in IE7, you need to first find a feed and then subscribe to it. This post covers how to do just that. Discover We expect most users to encounter a feed through the Feed Discovery button located on the Command Bar. A website can advertise that it...
  • Blog Post: Part 1: Hello feeds

    Hi, I'm Jane. Everyone I know spends their free time browsing the internet… whether it’s catching up on the news, reading friends’ blog, or looking for that perfect web deal, book, person. But scanning a site to see what you’ve read versus what��s new can be tiring. And it’s frustrating to find that there...
  • Blog Post: Feeds and well-formed XML

    Here in Windows, we’re working hard on Windows Vista Beta 2, and we've recently been doing some work on how we parse feeds. Our years of experience in with HTML in Internet Explorer have taught us the long-term pain that results from being too liberal with what you accept from others . Hence, we’ve...
  • Blog Post: The orange icon...

    It’s great that a discussion of icons has recently restarted in the RSS community. We are in the process of figuring out what icon to use on our toolbar in IE7 to represent feeds. There are five parts of the experience for feeds in IE7: discovering if a webpage has a feed, previewing the feed, subscribing...
  • Blog Post: Windows RSS Publisher's Guide, Part 1: Feed Auto-discovery

    Today is the first installment of the Windows RSS “Publisher’s Guide.” Over the development of the RSS features in Windows Vista, we’ll post regular features on what RSS feed publishers need to do to properly integrate with IE. In general, these will be simply be to do what most people in the community...
  • Blog Post: Windows RSS Publisher's Guide (work-in-progress)

    Last updated : May 27, 2007 Welcome to the Windows RSS Publisher's Guide. The goal of this page is to provide ongoing guidance to publishers on how to create web pages and feeds that work correctly with IE 7 and Windows Vista. In general, we'll simply be repeating what most people in the community...
  • Blog Post: RSS Features in IE 7 for XP and Windows Vista Beta 1

    Hi! I’m Jane Kim, program manager for RSS in Internet Explorer. Now that Beta 1 of IE 7 for Windows XP and Windows Vista are released, I want to introduce to you to what RSS features that are available in this release. We also posted this information to the IE blog , for those who don't read both...
  • Blog Post: Longhorn (hearts) Atom, too

    Yes, we love Atom, too. :) For the past couple weeks, we've been working full-time on implementing the RSS platform features in Longhorn. Of the many interesting features the development team has been checking in, I thought this one might be found interesting: last week, Atom support was checked in...
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