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:…

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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…

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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-in as a native platform component). Windows Vista…

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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…

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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 “attached” to…

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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 public. I contacted James last month (via…

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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. We think it’s good for the RSS community and…

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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 with…

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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 for his…


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 to a permanent location…

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