May 29, 2007
DRAFT – SUBJECT TO SUBSTANTIAL REVISION
RSS Feeds, also known as XML feeds, syndicated content, or web feeds, are a means to automatically obtain frequently updated content published by an RSS enabled website. They are most often used for news and blog websites, but they can also distribute other types of digital content, including rich media (pictures, audio files, or video). Popular Internet Browsers like Internet Explorer, FireFox and Safari can discover and display feeds as you visit websites. You can also subscribe to feeds to enable automatic checking and downloading of updates that you can view later. Account holders at the major Internet Portals, like Yahoo and Google, can also access RSS content using inbuilt readers from within their personal pages. Stand alone feed-reading, or news-aggregator software, is also readily available for providing users with access to enhanced features:
- audio or visual announcement of new posts,
- watch or search for keywords automatically,
- save individual articles manually,
- integrate items from multiple feeds and organize by subject,
- offline reading,
- play rich media content,
- view headlines, summaries or full articles,
- and more.
Content summarized from Internet Explorer help files and other internet sources. Reference Internet Explorer > Help for the complete transcript.
1) Link to a free site that forwards RSS Feeds to an email address: http://www.rssfwd.com/