"Bug" Images and Inline Styles
A good number of sites adopt some traditional newspaper formatting to help layout their syndicated format. The "bug" (an accompanying inline image) seems pretty common to me and I've always liked it as a design element. But I'm noticing that a good number of bugs are losing formatting information when viewed thru feedreaders. In nearly every case, it's because the style for the bug is external to the element.
For example, in this post of Dan's I lose the formatting for the bug when viewing it in Shrook or NetNewsWire, etc.
Syndication and re-purposement is getting awfully popular. I wonder.., should bugs, logos, sigs, include inline styling? And a bigger question: should we be considering positioning via the style attribute for elements inside content we know will be re-purposed as rendered HTML? I think I'm okay with doing it, but I'd miss having clearer separation between markup and presentation. Maybe the feed reader vendors could agree on treating certain class names in a similar fashion? (yiieee, that seems somewhat crazy.)