RSS Readers and Posts Without Titles
I’m quite aware that my recent blog posts without titles look weird in some RSS readers.
Here’s the thing, though: the RSS
title attribute was always optional. It’s just that RSS readers were written with the expectation that it was mandatory.
If you write an RSS reader with a timeline and detail view, here’s what you could do:
- Use the first part of the
descriptionin the timeline, after stripping HTML.
- Show the post in its entirety in the detail view — but minus a title. No “Untitled,” no synthesized title. Just no title at all.
If you want to see an example, subscribe to this blog in Evergreen. Sure, it’s not 1.0 (or even beta) yet, but it handles title-less posts the way I’ve described above.
It’s the future
Here’s why this is important:
We’re already seeing more and more microblogs, and we’re seeing blogs like this one that have some long posts and some microblog posts. (When you see the word “microblog,” think tweet-like, but with HTML.)
This is an important part of the future of blogging. It’s the movement away from posting to Twitter first — instead, you post to your blog (or microblog) and then, optionally, echo the post to Twitter.