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A First Look at IE 7
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RSS Support

Another useful feature in IE 7 is RSS (Really Simple Syndication). In the next beta of IE 7 (Beta 2), IE 7 will support RSS 0.9x, RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0, Atom 0.3, and Atom 1.0.  In the current beta release, Atom support is not included.

When IE 7 loads a page that contains one or more RSS feeds, the Feeds icon will turn red (see Figure 7). Clicking on it will show a list of feeds discovered on the page.

Figure 7
Figure 7. Feeds discovered on a page

If you click on one of the feeds, a summary of the content of the items in the feed will be shown (see Figure 8). This is a nicely formatted page, unlike displaying a raw XML file. You can then add the feed to your Favorites, if you want.

Figure 8
Figure 8. Displaying the content of a feed

In the next beta of IE 7, expect to see greatly improved RSS support, such as the aggregation of RSS feeds.

Enhanced Printing

If you have ever tried to print a web page from IE, you know the frustration you usually get when part of your page gets cropped. This is because most web pages are not designed with printing in mind.

IE 7 has improved its printing support with its Shrink-To-Fit option. Figure 9 shows how a page will look like when printed in its original form.

Figure 9
Figure 9. Printing a page in its original form

Figure 10 shows how the page can be shrunk to fit into a printable page.

Figure 10
Figure 10. Shrinking a page to print correctly

Also, it is now much easier to change the print orientation of a page by using Print Preview options (see Figure 11).

Figure 11
Figure 11. Using Print Preview

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