What is RSS/XML?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It allows you to read headlines and the beginning of articles from a central location without having to visit each website individually.
The image below shows an RSS reader displaying the headlines for Thornhill Ward One News in the lower right hand corner. It also shows a tooltip containing an excerpt from the news item. The full article is displayed in the right-hand column after the user clicks on the headline.
Where Can I get an RSS Reader?
Most RSS readers are free and can be downloaded free of charge from the internet. Below are several popular RSS readers.
In addition, several websites allow users to integrate RSS feeds into their custom home pages. My Yahoo! is one example.
How Do I Know If A Website Has An RSS Feed?
Most websites display the XML logo: Clicking on the logo will bring you to a page that looks like the page below.
After the page above loads, you can copy the address into your RSS reader, or if you use FireFox/Sage bookmark the page in your RSS Feed folder.