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July 18, 2007

RSS Feed Added To Site

Automatic Update Notification

The development team have added RSS to the site. You may have spotted the RSS/XML link at the top of the navigation bar located on the left-hand side of most pages. If your browser is equipped with a feed reader (Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 7 has one built-in), you can subscribe to the feed by clicking on the RSS/XML button and selecting the Subscribe link.

If you're unfamiliar with RSS feeds, basically it's a service that saves you the hassle of having to revisit and check web sites of interest by automatically notifying you when new material is posted. The following, extracted from the MSIE Version 7 help file, may be useful.

What is a Feed?
A feed, also known as RSS feed, XML feed, syndicated content, or web feed, is frequently updated content published by a website. It is usually used for news and blog websites, but can also be used for distributing other types of digital content, including pictures, audio or video. Feeds can also be used to deliver audio content (usually in MP3 format) which you can listen to on your computer or MP3 player. This is referred to as podcasting.

How do I know if a website offers feeds?
When you first view a website, Internet Explorer will search for feeds. If feeds are available, the Feeds button will change color and a sound will play.

How do I view a feed?
When you visit a webpage, the Feeds button will change color, letting you know that feeds are available. Click the Feeds button, and then click the feed you want to see. To get content automatically, you should subscribe to a feed.

How can I automatically get updated content?
You can receive content automatically by subscribing to a web feed. When you subscribe to a web feed, you set the interval at which Internet Explorer will check the website for updates. Once you've set an interval, Internet Explorer will automatically download the most up-to-date web feed list. Click Related Topics to learn how to subscribe to a web feed.

See also http://www.whatisrss.com/ and http://www.allrss.com

A good introductory blog discussion is posted at http://waldo.jaquith.org/blog/2006/01/rss-intro/

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