Yola Blog and aspects of its RSS Feed

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All the templates offered by Yola have a default background colour or pattern and a default text colour. There are also default font types, styles and sizes for the various 'h' tags and the 'body' itself.

Using the default colour for text produces that colour text on screen but a black text on a white background in the feed. Something that's most important for readability. If you change the background colour or pattern the RSS feed background remains white. Once again a convenient aspect. If however you change the font colour by selecting the font colour option ( the T with the colour wheel behind icon) the screen print appears as the new selected colour and so does the RSS feed text. Here's a problem. If you are using a light font on a dark background, (or worse a white text on a dark screen background)the program changes the background to white for the feed but retains the font colour. If the font colour is light then you cannot see it in the output or are likely to have difficulty and your readers will definitely advise you of this.

Syndicating the feed through Feedburner I was hoping was an option for correcting the problem. Reviewing the support forum with Feedburner it soon became apparent that others were having the same problem from up to 4 years ago and no solution forthcoming. Many suggestions but nothing effective. So tweaking with Feedburner wasn't going to solve the issue.

Many alterations of the CSS style sheets for the site text and the blog text were tried but nothing was effective the font colour remained that on-screen. If default text colour was returned it worked perfectly irrespective of the background. There had to be an answer somwhere in this. Changing the default text colour within the CSS style was effective. The RSS feed now produces a black text on a white background and the screen shows a coloured text on a dark background. Images in the post remain unaffected.
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petercsea

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Posted 8 years ago

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Marije, Official Rep

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Hi Peter - I'm going to forward your post to one of our Product Managers. Thank you!
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Stephanie

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Hi Peter -

You make a really good point, we shouldn't be passing formatting like that along in our RSS feeds. Consider it added to the list of issues we're currently reviewing, hopefully it's something we can fix soon.

Thanks!
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petercsea

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Thanks Stephanie,

I think that this should be optional because as commonly used "print css styles" use, there are times within a post where you want to highlight a phrase typically with an href link. If it was monochrome it wouldn't be seen and yet can be integral within the content of the post.