Is the Little Orange XML Button Really Helpful
Sometime last week I discovered this interesting post over at mezzoblue from November of 2003, entitled “Plugging the RSS Usability Hole“. This post discusses just how useful the little orange XML button is to our users and if we need to think about what our users do when they see it. Particularly the non-techie users. To quote
When I see an orange button, I wonder what it does. I push it. A bunch of garbage text fills my screen, so I assume the button is broken.
When I read this I thought “Oh duh! Why didn't I realize this before?” Such a simple thing, but what a difference. As a techie person I never even considered this. I know what the little orange button does and why you click it.