Okay, here's a question for the few of you out there who use desktop-based feed readers (like Thunderbird). Do you prefer your feeds to come in text form or html form?
Here's a quick illustration of what I mean:
Thunderbird displays my feed like this:
While T's feed is displayed like this:
Hope you don't mind me using your feed as an example, T; it was the most recent one I got. ^^
Now, notice how my feed is displayed in plain text format, while T's loads the original webpage and displays the full html.
Feeds in plain text format obviously download a lot faster than those in html format (BTW, images are loaded as well, where applicable); it's basically like looking at another email. The downside is exactly that: it looks like normal email. All your cool CSS and layering and what-have-you doesn't actually show up. Also, only the actual post content is loaded, which means comments, trackbacks and the like are not shown at all. The opposite is true for feeds in html format.
So, my question is: which do you guys prefer?
Having asked that question, I have to confess I have no idea how to control which format the feed is displayed in. Unfortunately, I'm not that well read up on the implementation of RSS and/or Atom, so if any of you guys know more about this, please do leave a comment and let me know.
Oh, and I might be changing my feed broadcaster to Feedburner, so I'll post again if I do.
Tags: web feed, rss, atom, thunderbird, feedburner, feed reader