Currently, I read Donald A. Norman's book "emotional design - or: why we love (or hate) everyday things". The book is really inspiring for designing and developing learning technologies for non-formal and informal learning. However, to understand it better it helped me to leave it for a few days and look at the user statistics of the Team Space. I found that a weak hint that Karel Kreijn's affordance and group awareness have emotional implications on learning built in.
I spent the last evening in fixing the problem with Team Space. Already in the office, I made the ATOM parser accept well formated HTML (which is in fact XHTML ... but anyways). Later the evening I applied an look ahead regular expression (RegEx) to fix malformatted URLs and standalone ampersands. It turned out that this RegEx turned the broken HTML into proper XHTML.
Today I launched Team Space with a larger group of users - and as usual those things went wrong that con go wrong. In my case it was Steven, who kept me from going home on time tonight. All he did is putting his ATOM news feed as he was supposed to do. It turned out that I underestimated the problems with HTML in news feeds. I wonder why a service run by google can't simply provide propper XHTML (as it is recommended for ATOM). Instead, they use HTML which cannot get parsed half of the times by XML processors.