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What is RSS?
RSS is a Web content syndication format. Its name is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication.
RSS is a dialect of XML. All RSS files must conform to the XML 1.0 specification, as published on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) website.
RSS allows you to see when sites from all over the internet have added new content. You can get the latest headlines and articles (or even audio files, photographs or video) in one place, as soon as they are published, without having to remember to visit each site every day.
It takes the hassle out of staying up-to-date, by showing you the very latest information that you are interested in.
How can I use RSS?
In general, the first thing you need is something called a news aggregators (also known as news readers). This is a piece of software that checks RSS feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added to them. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications.
Browser-based news aggregators let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail.
Once you have chosen a news aggregators, all you have to do is to decide what content you want to receive in your news reader, by finding and subscribing to the relevant RSS feeds. For example, if you would like the latest ITP.net Software News stories, simply visit the Software section and you will notice an orange RSS button on the top-right hand side.
If you click on the button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the RSS feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news aggregators. Most sites that offer RSS feeds use a similar orange RSS button, but some may just have a normal web link to the feed.
Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for RSS feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to RSS feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.
How do I get a News Aggregator?
There is a range of different news aggregators available and new versions are appearing all the time.
Different news aggregators work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.
|Mac OS X||NetNewsWire
|Other News Readers (Google)|
Can I use these feeds on my site?
If you run your own website, you can use RSS feeds to display the latest headlines from other websites on your site.
However, we do require that the proper format and attribution is used when ITP Digital content appears. The attribution text should read "ITP.net" or "From ITP.net" as appropriate. If you provide this attribution with a graphic, please use the logo that is included in the feed itself.
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Use of RSS Feeds:
RSS is a free service offered by ITP Digital for non-commercial use. Any other uses, including without limitation the incorporation of advertising into or the placement of advertising associated with or targeted towards the RSS Content, are strictly prohibited. You must use the RSS feeds as provided by ITP Digital, and you may not edit or modify the text, content or links supplied by ITP Digital. For web posting, reprint, transcript or licensing requests for ITP Digital material, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to Content Pages:
The RSS service may be used only with those platforms from which a functional link is made available that, when accessed, takes the viewer directly to the display of the full article on the applicable ITP Digital website. You may not display the RSS Content in a manner that does not permit successful linking to, redirection to or delivery of the applicable ITP Digital web page. You may not insert any intermediate page, splash page or other content between the RSS link and the applicable ITP Digital web page.
ITP Digital retains all ownership and other rights in the RSS Content, and any and all ITP Digital logos and trademarks used in connection with the RSS Service. You must provide attribution to the appropriate ITP Digital in connection with your use of the RSS feeds. If you provide this attribution with a graphic, please use the logo that is included in the feed itself.
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