When I upgraded to FF2, it struck me as trivial to configure it so that a click on the new location-bar orange goodie brings up the Bloglines subscription page.
I felt the same way, but Walt and I are both fairly computer-savvy. Many users (and libraryfolk) don’t have this advantage. Hope Leman wrote:
I use both browsers but don’t know how to use the RSS features and need help. And I am deeply into RSS–imagine how puzzled are the millions of people who don’t know diddly about RSS.
Hope’s not alone, either. Over on Randy Morin’s RSS Blog, a commenter calling himself “Bull” writes:
What a pity that IE7 and FF2.0 developpers do not explain how to make RSS readers compatible with one click subscriptions. I am still looking for any documentation on this topic…
So this post will try to address some of these concerns.
How to configure one-click feed subscription in Firefox 2.0
In Firefox, click on the Tools menu, then Options
In the Options window, click on Feeds, select the radio button for Subscribe to the feed using:, select BlogLines, Google Reader, or My Yahoo (I chose BlogLines), and click the OK button.
How to USE the one-click feed subscription
As an example, we’ll visit the Librarian in Black. Notice that in the address bar next her site’s URL is the square, orange Feed icon.
All we have to do is click this icon, and I’m at a BlogLines subscription page for the feed at Librarian in Black.
Easy and convenient.
How to add support for another web-based aggregator in FireFox 2.0
Bull’s concern was on how to make aggregators compliant with one-click subscription. It seems that a Firefox extension might need to be built for each in order to make this work properly:
This can also be done programmatically by an extension, which is done by setting the value of the browser.feeds.handlers.application option to the pathname of the application to use for reading feeds.
Got that? Great.
Much more here on how to add support for an aggregator in Firefox 2.0.
So it looks like providers (or savvy users) of online feed services need to build and offer extensions for Firefox. Here’s hoping they all do it soon.
On behalf of Hope Leman, a huge fan of R-mail, a note to Randy Morin: You gotta’ build a Firefox extension that users can quickly and easily install to make these changes to make one-click subscription via R-mail a convenient reality. It would make Hope’s day. Please?