But, boo, they have RSS and Atom feeds. Both. With no real reason to choose between them: both have heinous escaped table-and-font HTML as the only content, both have escaped numeric character references in the titles (which in Atom, without declaring a type, is invalid, and in RSS is just the usual “what the hell was this supposed to be, HTML or text?”). Having pioneered the “here’s my feed, in the format I’m going to produce, now deal with it” attitude that the rest of us are coming around to with Blogger and GMail’s Atom-only feeds, now they’ve decided to go back to the bad old days of expecting people to choose when they have no basis for a choice.
I certainly hope that the lack of autodiscovery
links just means that they haven’t gotten around to doing them yet: with Safari and Opera and Firefox (and of course all feed readers) all doing autodiscovery already, and IE 7 getting ready, now is not the time to blow off autodiscovery for your feeds. If DiBona hadn’t pointed them out, I probably wouldn’t have noticed the little text links in the sidebar.
Then, there’s the content, which I don’t think I’ve ever bitched about before. None of the categories sounded good to me, so I tried a search for Firefox. Along with the usual non-news and interviews with Blake, that would give me an item linking to
wants at making, for a good enough story. However, the story, an aside from a press conference relating to the
September releases of Firefox and Thunderbird 1.0 (um, pretty sure we did 1.0 last fall, not this September), just has chofmann saying
Our researchers are looking at new ideas now, but we aren’t ready to talk about it now. Um. How much digging would it take to find the wiki, or the first-pass code that’s been in for a week, or the second-pass patch that’s close to landing? If you are reporting about what’s coming up in the next version of a closed source browser, then yeah, you interview people and what they tell you is what you get. But Firefox? Maybe we do drop things in with a loud thump right before branches, but that still gives you plenty of time before a release. If you’re going to wait for an official statement, you’re already last month’s news to anyone who really cares.
So, if you like the sort of content Google News delivers, and especially if you enjoy making a political choice between RSS and Atom feeds, yay for you! Google News has feeds!