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Meaning Of RSS
• RSS means Really Simple Syndication.
• RSS is a way to subscribe to a source of
information, such as a Web site, and get brief
updates delivered to you.
How To Use RSS
• RSS emblems show the presence of active RSS
feeds on a site to help you get started. Click on
one, though, and you'll get a list of options
which may seem a little intimidating if you
don't know what they mean. Some sites have
multiple feeds for the same page with
different versions of RSS or a competing
• Reading RSS feeds can be a great time-saver.
In the time it takes you to scan whole Web
pages for information, you can review
headlines from dozens of sites all collected in
one place. On the other hand, the ease with
which you can view RSS headlines may
convince you that you can subscribe to even
more sites. You may end up spending just as
much time reading feeds as you used to on
regular Web sites.
Creating RSS Feeds
• RSS isn't really that different from a normal Web
site. In fact, they're the same in one respect: Both
are simple text files on Web servers. RSS uses the
World Wide Web Consortium's Resource
Description Framework (RDF) as a guide to tell a
feed aggregator how to read the file. RDF is based
on extensible markup language (XML), a cousin
of hypertext markup language (HTML), which is
the language used for everyday Web sites.
RSS and Web browser
• Would you prefer to let your Web browser handle
your RSS feeds? Some browsers let you read the
feeds within the program itself. Firefox, Internet
Explorer and Safari are among the browsers that
incorporate this feature. This gives you a couple
of advantages: You don't have to switch programs
when you want to catch up on your feed reading,
and you don't have to switch back to your
aggregator if you run across a great site which
you'd like to follow.
Useful RSS Reader
• There are disadvantages to using your browser, too,
probably the most serious of which is that if you use
more than one computer to access the Internet, you
have no good way to synchronize your RSS feeds. If you
take 15 minutes at lunch to catch up on the latest
headlines at your desk, later on you'll be seeing some
of the same headlines on your home computer.
• The popularity of RSS feeds has encouraged companies
that offer personal home pages, such as Yahoo! and
Google, to incorporate feed readers into their products.
If you have a MyYahoo! or iGoogle page, you can add
your feeds there. Whether you read at home or at
work, you'll be receiving the same information.