Another List Apart

Posted Aug 23, 2005 in Design, Web Design, XML.

A List Apart has, once again, redesigned. The results are very pretty, with a new 4-column design dominating the home page, and subpages making good use of a 3-column layout. Muted browns, creams, and oranges remind me of Zeldman's business site Happy Cog.

I noticed that the new version only carries one type of syndication feed:

Sure, there are other syndication formats out there, including some that aren’t even called RSS. And there are companies that will generate multiple formats from a single RSS feed. We thought about all that.

And decided that RSS 2.0 was a standard, and that it was better to choose a standard and stick with it than to contribute to the fragmentation of the world-wide digital brainosphere.

RSS 2.0 was a what? How can it be called a standard? No body of any note has ratified it as such, and it appears that it has many documented flaws. Coming from people who encourage us to use web standards, this statement is nothing less than extraordinary. And since feeds are easy to create, why not offer an Atom feed, which at least has the support of a major standard's body?


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    Spaaaam Alert!!!

    Posted by Remi on Aug 23, 2005.

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    I fucking HATE spammers. Anyway, at least the comments are easy to delete :)

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Aug 23, 2005.

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    Overall, I really like the new redesign of ALA. However, I'm still waiting for the print stylesheet or at least a paginate feature for longer, more in-depth articles.

    Posted by kartooner on Sep 08, 2005.

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    Yes - I approve of the visual design. I'm not too sure about fixing it for 1024 x 768 peeps, but I'm not a big fan of fixed widths anyway. The syndication stance bothers me though.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Sep 09, 2005.