WHAT IS RSS?

17. September 2004, 19:33 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

A short explanation with resource links.

RSS is a Web content syndication format. Its name is an acronym for 'Rich Site Summary' (also referred to as 'Really Simple Syndication').

RSS is dialectic application of XML. All RSS files must conform to the XML 1.0 specification, as published on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) website. At the top level, an RSS document is a element, with a mandatory attribute called version, that specifies the version of RSS to which the document conforms. Subordinate to the element is a single element, which contains information about the channel (metadata) and its contents.

How do I use RSS?

If you do not currently use any RSS news readers to aggregate information, or if you do not have a weblog, then you may wish to visit one of the following sites to find out more about RSS and weblogs:

There are a variety of formats for RSS feeds and at least one competeing syndication format, Atom. These are often visible on sites due to small blue or orange buttons. Increasing the links to these feeds are being embedded in web page headers rather than discreet links and can be accessed by te small orange ‘broadcast’ icon in the browsers location or status bar (depending on browsers used).

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