viernes, 22 de agosto de 2008

What are "Really Simple Syndication" or "Rich Site Summary" or "RSS feeds?"

The International Forecaster

What are RSS Feeds? RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" or "Rich Site Summary". Its a summary listing of Content written in XML, and is quickly emerging as an alternative format to web browsers for getting the news and information listings that you want to track. There are hundreds of new feeds becoming available on the web every day, published by everyone from individual blog creators to the big news agencies like Just look for the logo.

Get more information faster by using a RSS feed reader, sometimes called a 'News Aggregator'. There is free open source software available over the internet for your machine. Try FeedReader, at, one of several Readers available for free download over the web. If you are a Mozilla Firefox user ( you can download browser extensions to read RSS Feeds such as the Habari Xenu News Aggregator or the Wizz RSS News Reader, or choose from among others.

How do I add a RSS feed to my website? RSS is a text based format - its just a text file. Look at an example, and imitate it. If you are generating the file with a dynamic programming language, be sure to include the proper xml header type. Avoid using slanted quotation marks and apostrophes and other special characters. Include a title, summary, and link to the complete page on your website.

The even easier way to get started with RSS: There are easy to use RSS editors available as plugins for the excellent Mozilla/Firefox browser. Just enter the information, save the file locally, and upload it to your web server directory. Be sure to test your feed with a Validator.

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