My friend Dr. Dave Langford made an interesting observation – Internet Explorer 7 (Beta 2 Preview) completely breaks the custom styles that FeedBurner adds to feeds to make them more human friendly, and replaces then with its own style. There’s no option to view the feed with the original FeedBurner style.
This could be a big problem for FeedBurner, and for people who are used to using FeedBurner’s custom style features.
I use FeedBurner for this site’s feed, and I took some screenshots to illustrate the problem.
Here you see what the FeedBurner style for my feed looks like. It uses a simple style, with a little blurb about what a feed is, and a “Subscribe in Bloglines” link. If there were a podcast post on the page, you’d see a link to an embedded player, and you could listen right in the web page.
This is a very basic FeedBurner style – other styles add a lot more options to the feed, and people have come to rely on those features.
However, when viewed in IE7, the FeedBurner style is replaced by the custom style that IE7 uses for feeds, and there’s no option to view the page in its original format – all FeedBurner customizations and services are lost.
I wonder if the IE team will address this? Maybe FeedBurner can figure out a way around it, or at least detect and warn that if you’re using IE7, you’re missing out on some FeedBurner features (the irony of telling someone they’re missing out on features if they’re using IE should be delicious to anyone who’s ever seen a page telling them the opposite – that they’re missing out on features if they’re NOT using IE :-)).