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    RSS for novice users

    Hi is there any way to make an RSS feed page appear more understandable to a user who doesn't have a feed enabled browser, instead of having just a bunch of code appear which would look like the site has something wrong to a novice user?

    I have an example on my site you can refer to:

    http://tinyurl.com/3yf5898

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    any idea how to solve this please?

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    Why would you need to?
    RSS is not really supposed to be read by people and depending on what browser the person is using, it may already appear perfectly readable. Both IE and Firefox show the RSS feed in a very user-friendly manner (Chrome doesn't however).

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    Well yes agreed with you, its just that the client doesnt like having an rss feed button that opens directly on a non user friendly page of code if the browser doesnt have an rss reader, so he asked me whether there is a solution to make it more user friendly. Only thing I can think of is having some sort of detection on whether the user's browser has rss reader, and if not display some message instead of the raw feed. But I don't know if this is possible at all.

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    Well you could use Javascript to check the user agent string and send those using Chrome to a beautified page and then everyone else to the straight RSS but this would be a really rough solution that may break some feed readers - not good at all!

    I would just let your client know what RSS is for people to subscribe to in feed readers and those who don't know what it is will probably not click on it, and if they do and get scared they will just hit the back button.

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    Don't know why it slipped my mind before, but Feedburner offers a beautified RSS page - so that could be the answer here.

    Accounts are free and you get RSS stats so its a useful tool either way


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