updated 12:25 pm EST, Tue January 17, 2006
Apple's latest release of iPhoto 6 (Really Simple Syndication) for its new 'photocasting' feature and asks non-Safari to download/use Apple's own browser for the "best experience," taking what some say is a page from Microsoft's playbook. Photocasting, which Apple has touted as part of its new iLife suite of applications, allows users to easily share photos with each other online. Viewing Apple's 'photocasting' feed in a browser other than Safari, or subscribing to the feed using a newsreader other than NetNewsWire displays an HTML page requesting that they use Apple's Safari browser instead, which some say is Apple taking yet another opportunity to push its own products. While the error page offers a direct link to the RSS feed, several bloggers have noted that it uses non-standard tags and contains validation errors.
"If you know your XML, check out this browser-viewable sample, and the validation report that points out some of the errors it contains. The feed validator misses further errors to do with nonstandard tags that have not been marked as such with the apple-wallpapers: namespace prefix. Apple has put up the equivalent of a 'best experienced in Internet Explorer' page to turn its own ineptitude into a marketing opportunity."