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Inside Look: Internet Explorer 7, Beta 2
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RSS Aggregation

RSS aggregation in IE 7 is also improved in this beta preview. Just like in the previous beta, when a page contains links to RSS feeds, the browser's RSS icon will turn orange in color (see Figure 9 and note the use of the new RSS icon promoted by Microsoft--it's actually the one that Firefox uses). You can view the list of RSS feeds contained in the page by clicking the down arrow, then select the feed you want to view.



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Figure 9. RSS aggregation in IE 7

Tip: IE 7 now supports Atom-based feeds.

When a feed is displayed, you have the option to filter the document by typing in key phrases you are searching for, or to sort the postings by date, time, or author (see Figure 10).

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Figure 10. Filtering and sorting in a feed--click for full-size image.

To subscribe to a feed, click the "Subscribe to this feed" hyperlink on the page. Strangely, for some pages IE 7 could not manage to detect the feeds on the page (what makes it stranger is that the page is from MSDN! See Figure 11). In this case, you can simply click on the RSS icon on the page (if there is one) and subscribe as usual.

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Figure 11. Clicking on a link containing an RSS feed--click for full-size image.

To view the list of subscribed blogs, click on the Favorites Center button. It will display three tabs: Favorites, Feeds, and History (see Figure 12).

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Figure 12. Finding the subscribed feeds--click for full-size image.

Printing

As in the previous beta preview, you can shrink a page to fit it for printing (see Figure 13).

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Figure 13. Using the Shrink to Fit option for printing--click for full-size image.

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