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To the uninitiated RSS   is the buzzword but what is it?
RSS is a family of web   feed formats, specified in XML (Extensible Mark-up
Language) and used for   Web syndication. RSS is used by (among other
things) news websites,   weblogs and podcasting.

· Really Simple Syndication


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To the uninitiated RSS is the buzzword but what is it?
RSS is a family of web feed formats, specified in XML (Extensible Mark-up
Language) and used for Web syndication. RSS is used by (among other
things) news websites, weblogs and podcasting.
· Really Simple Syndication

Web feeds provide web content or summaries of web content together with
links to the full versions of the content, and other metadata. (Literally
data that describes other data)

RSS, in particular, delivers this information as an XML file called an
RSS feed, webfeed, RSS stream, or RSS channel. In addition to
facilitating syndication, web feeds allow a website's frequent readers to
track updates on the site using an aggregator. (A type of software that
retrieves syndicated Web content )
It can be a format for syndicating news and the content of news-like
sites, including major news sites like Wired, news-oriented community
sites, and personal weblogs.

But it's not just for news. Pretty much anything that can be broken down
into small items and can be syndicated via RSS, anything that has any
kind of content makes an interesting RSS feed. Once information about
each item is in RSS format, an RSS-aware program can check the feed for
changes and react to the changes in an appropriate way.

RSS-aware programs, called news aggregators are popular in the weblogging
community. Many weblogs make content available in RSS. A news aggregator
can help you keep up with all your favourite weblogs by checking their
RSS feeds

How can I receive RSS feeds?

There are several ways of receiving RSS feeds, but the technology is
moving forwards and adapting very quickly. The main method is to download
a program called a 'News Reader'. You can then set up this program to
receive RSS information from whatever websites you wish that offer it,
and browse headlines and story summaries that link through to the full
story on the website.
There are several News Reader programs available for all platforms, many
of which are free. See a list on google.

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Alternatively, some newer web browsers offer similar functionality
already built-in which will detect whether the website you are viewing
offers an RSS feed and will then let you create a constantly-updated list
of links in your 'bookmarks' menu.

The Firefox browser (Windows, Mac OSX, Linux) will let you do this, and
will alert you to an RSS-enabled page by displaying an icon in the
bottom-right corner of the window . Apple's Safari browser (Mac OSX only)
offers an even fuller service, and other browsers will probably follow.

There are also some websites that let you customise a list of RSS feeds
too.
On this link to the site www.rsscatalogue.com you can instantly download
a ready built RSS feed with the click of a button. This offers you a
supply of RSS feeds with different outputs, the selection is vast and
growing daily.

				
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