The Big Tussle Over a Tiny Orange Box

Microsoft set off a storm of comments and feedback – both glowing and damning – this weekend when officials requested feedback on a proposed RSS icon redesign for the Internet Explorer (IE) 7.0 toolbar. Details about the planned RSS icon redesign emerged on the Microsoft RSS Team's Web log on Saturday.

"The choice of what icon to use is challenging because it should be universally symbolic, but today there is no single icon for that represents feed," according to a posting on the RSS Team blog site. "Instead there's a variety of mostly orange rectangles with the words 'XML', 'RSS', 'ATOM', 'FEED', or 'Subscribe.' ... Our goal is to make sure that the icon is something that is understandable by all of our users: novice, advanced, developer, business, international, etc."

News source: Microsoft Watch

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