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Sat, 02 Jul 2005 15:01:32 GMT

Examining the R|mail subscription logs this morning, I notice a lot of users subscribe to javascript URI schemes. That's because these users have been instructed to right-click | Copy Link Location and paste the URL into their reader. Now, image your blog overrides the onClick on your RSS chicklet with custom javascript. The mundane user will paste the javascript code, not aware that this is not the RSS feed. Some readers will accept this, others will reports it's not a valid feed. Either way, you lose the subscriber.

Lesson: right-click | Copy Link Location must work as expected.

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