How do I use RSS?

What is RSS?

RSS is a web content syndication format that is often used to publish frequently updated information, like blog entries and news items. For more details about what RSS is, please see the Wikipedia article on RSS.

How do I read RSS feeds?

There are two main ways of reading RSS feeds: using an online reader and using reader software installed on your computer. Here are a few popular options:

How do I create my own RSS feed?

There are several tools that you can use to create and update an RSS feed. For example, RSSdreamfeeder is an extension for Adobe Dreamweaver that take content directly from pages you create in Dreamweaver. ListGarden is a basic tool for simple RSS formatting that is available for all major platforms. Many web services and blogging software also have RSS creation features. If you'd like to set up an RSS feed, please contact CETS.

More details about how RSS works

To better understand how RSS works, you can set up your own basic RSS feed by adding an XML file with the correct format to your website. You can view/download this example file. The syntax of XML is similar to HTML - each piece of content is wrapped in a opening and closing tag. Here is an example of an item you might create:

<item>
<title>Star City</title>
<link>http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/news/2003/news-starcity.asp</link>
<description>How do Americans get ready to work with Russians aboard the International Space Station? They take a crash course in culture, language and protocol at Russia's Star City</description>
<pubDate>Tue, 03 Jun 2003 09:39:21 GMT</pubDate>
<guid>http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/2003/06/03.html#item573</guid>
</item>

Once you have your XML document created, save it with an ".rss" or ".xml" extension and upload it to your website. You now have a basic RSS feed.

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