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Information About RSS
Use RSS to get the latest content from delivered to your desktop or browser.

RSS is the acronym for "Really Simple Syndication," although it can also stand for "Real Simple Syndication," or "Rich Site Summary" or RDF Site Summary. While there may be no consensus as to the meaning of RSS, there are clear protocols about the nature of an RSS file.

An RSS file is written in XML (eXtensible Markup Language), so that each item in a list is coded with a unique tag. In turn, programs that read the XML can interpret each item correctly across many different platforms. This make RSS ideal for syndicating timely website content as headlines with links back to the originating site.

There are several versions of RSS files available. complies with the RSS 2.0 standards as explained by "Technology at Harvard Law: RSS 2.0." Our files have been validated to RSS 2.0 and are also compatible with most earlier versions including RSS 0.91 released June 2000, RSS 0.92 (December 2000) and RSS 0.94 (August 2002). See RSS Resources below to learn more.

Programs that read valid RSS files are referred to as "aggregators." RSS clients that aggregate feeds are available for the desktop and from the Web. Many are free, some charge for the service. The intrepid can even design and build their own aggregator.A list of the more common RSS aggregators is given below.

RSS Resources
(Note: provides these links as a service to its readers and is not responsible for their content.)
Ready to learn more about about how RSS works, get an aggregator or build your own, explore some these links:
General Information
  • Technology at Harvard Law: RSS 2.0
  • State of Utah RSS Tutorial
  • Resource Description Framework (RDF)
  • XML
  • An introduction to RSS news feeds
  • USC Annenberg Online Journalism Review (low-tech overview)
    RSS Aggregators - Desk Top
  • Aggie - free for Windows
  • Amphetadesk - free works on Windows, Linux or Mac
  • FeedReader - free for Windows
  • Headline Viewer - free for Windows
  • RDF Ticker - free for Windows
  • NewsMonster - free with ads or buy for none for Windows
  • SharpReader - free (donations accepted) for .NET
  • wTicker - free beta for Windows
  • NewsGator - free trial before you buy Windows only
  • NetNewsWire - buy after free trial for the Mac
  • NewzCrawler - buy after free evaluation for Windows
  • Radio Userland - free trial before you buy for Windows and Mac
    Web-Based (no software to install)
  • Bloglines - free
  • NewsIsFree - free
  • SNARF! Simple News Aggregator for RSS Feeds - free for IE 5.0+
    Build Your Own Aggregators
  • Building a Desktop News Aggregator - free from MSDN

    In order to get 's content fed into your aggregator, you just have to copy and paste the URL of the appropriate RSS feed into your program's subscription box. Click on the Click to see  News RSS icon to see the available feeds from . It's really super simple.


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