I’ve been experimenting with WordPress for use on other types of blogs besides my professional one, and ran into an interesting phenomenom involving Flickr feeds and IE 7.

When trying to display the vertical Flickr badge on my WordPress site via a posting, it looked fine in FireFox.  When viewed in IE, it displayed teeny-tiny little images.  Apparently, the Flickr CSS is not enough information for IE 7 – so when it doesn’t get table width information and image size is set to “medium” – it defaults to the tiny size for a missing image.

Once I went into the code and added a table width of 100% to both the outer and inner tables, it worked just fine — although I did have to delete the extra angle brackets that the WordPress editor seems to want to add in.

However, the RSS feed for that posting doesn’t show up the feed being displayed.  In both the iGoogle feed agregator and the Google feed reader, just the introductory text I created in WordPress and the link to Flickr that shows up at the bottom of the image feed appears.  In IE7’s built-in feed aggregator, the introductory text shows up followed by all the code from the Flickr badge. Guess the moral of the story is you can’t output an RSS feed of an RSS feed.

As a sidebar to all this – I have to say that I’m finding IE7 a major pain (just as I find the new Windows media player clunky and really hate the built-in CD/DVD burner in XP).  By trying to streamline the view, Microsoft has made it really difficult to navigate.

With the RSS feed aggregator, I can add feeds — but finding out how to display them in that side panel is aggravating. 

I love FireFox but know that a vast majority are still hooked into Microsoft so I run both products. Gotta say, despite the fact I’ve been resisting joining the long queue of MS bashers, I am falling for FireFox and am shocked at how Microsoft is losing its edge.  Hmmm, dare I try Open Office?

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  1. Hi Kerry, while you are still thinking about browsers, I suggest you try Flock – for it’s fabulous integration with flickr and blogging – more too, but that’s the main selling point for me!