Jeff Johnson (My apps, PayPal.Me)

App Store Connect is the worst web site ever made, Part 3

November 12 2022

I complained about App Store Connect a few days ago, and I'm already back to complain about it again. While preparing an app update for submission, I discovered that What's New in This Version no longer accepts the < character.

This < is not allowed.

On the other hand, it does still accept the > character.

This > is not allowed.

This is a problem for me because the release notes of my web browser extension StopTheMadness sometimes need to mention HTML elements. Indeed, StopTheMadness has a specific feature that allows you to add custom HTML <script> and <style> elements to the page. I've filed FB11781987 with Apple about this issue.

I suspect < was forbidden because it's a special HTML that indicates the beginning of an element. Yet every other website in the world, including this very blog post, has figured out how to escape characters in HTML.


Imagine if Facebook or Twitter didn't allow you to post < characters. Well, perhaps Twitter isn't the best example, because it will do lots of dumb things in coming months. Anyway, App Store Connect has done lots of dumb things in recent months. I can't believe we developers have to pay $99 per year for this crap! Which coincidentally is $8 per month…

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