Subscribe Now: Feed Icon

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Feedly Style bug

As everyone knows Google Reader died more than a month ago and a lot of replacements popped up. One of the leading ones is Feedly (another is Go Read) which supports most of the functionality of Google Reader (Go Read supports less). After the days of mourning have passed (why Google, WHY?!?) and I started using Feedly I found a weird bug. Looking at The Daily WTF, for example the post from “The Last Straw”:

Gather customer requirements   <span style="color: rgb(128, 128, 48);" sab="400">-</span> <span style="color: rgb(0, 140, 0);" sab="401">2</span> weeks
    Functional Design              <span style="color: rgb(128, 128, 48);" sab="402">-</span> <span style="color: rgb(0, 140, 0);" sab="403">2</span> weeks
    Detailed Design

But looking at it from the preview option (or opening the post in the browser) reveals a a much cleaner code - the HTML span tags are gone:

    Gather customer requirements   - 2 weeks
    Functional Design              - 2 weeks
    Detailed Design 

And the code is much more readable.


Why the difference?

Because Feedly doesn’t support Span tags – it turns them into text (Google Reader had this support).  And it seems that many blogging tools are using Span tags as the way to write code (The Daily WTF is the most famous of those blogs).

(In my blog the case seems to be a bit less hectic, the code in Feedly is shown but without Visual Studio’s colors that are shown on the site).

What can I do about this?

Glad you asked. In the Feedly User Group there is a bug opened on this very issue: “Support HTML span tag, to display styled text (source code, highlighting etc.) from original post”. In the time I am writing this down there are only 226 votes – please use your +3 votes on this issue.