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About RSS

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an easy way to keep up with your favorite news and information. An RSS feed contains headlines, summaries and links to full news stories. If you click an RSS link, you will see XML (or eXtensible Markup Language) code in your browser. This is to be expected, since you do not view RSS content through a browser. You view the headlines through an RSS news reader (also called an RSS aggregator).

What are RSS Readers?

RSS news readers are small software programs or web applications that aggregate RSS feeds and display the information. They allow you to scan headlines from hundreds of news sources in a central location.

Where Do I Get an RSS Reader?

A wide range of RSS readers can be easily downloaded from the Web. Some readers are Web-based while others require you to download a small software program onto your desktop. Most are free to use.

Searching the popular search engines will give you a variety of RSS readers you can install.

How Do I Use This Feed?

The first step, as described below, is to choose an RSS reader. Each reader has a slightly different way of adding a new feed (also called a "channel"). In most cases, here's how it works:

  • Open the RSS feed you want to join in a browser window
  • From your browser, copy the URL that appears in your Address Bar of the browser
  • Paste that URL into the 'Add New Channel' section of the reader.

You should be all set! The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the headlines for you.