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About RSS

What is RSS?

RSS, often dubbedReally Simple Syndication, uses a family of standardweb feedformatsto publish frequently updated information:blogentries, news headlines, audio, video. An RSS document (called "feed", "web feed"or "channel") includes full or summarized text, andmetadata, like publishing date and author's name. An RSS feed is usually represented by some variationofthe icon to the left.

RSS feeds enable publishers tosyndicatedata automatically. Subscribing to a website RSS removes the need for the user to manually check the web site for new content. Instead, their browser constantly monitors the site and informs the user of any updates. The browser can also be commanded to automatically download the new data for the user.

Softwaretermed "RSS reader", "aggregator", or "feed reader", which can beweb-based,desktop-based, or mobile-device-based, present RSS feed data to users. Users subscribe to feeds either by entering a feed'sweb addressinto the reader or by clicking on the browser'sfeed
icon . The RSS reader checks the user's feeds regularly for new information and can automatically download it, if that function is enabled. The reader also provides auser interface.

How can I use RSS feeds?

Throughout the YLS site, lists of news articles and events have associated RSS feeds. You may use these links to add a feed to a reader of your choice. Click the icon and select from the option presented, or copy the feed's address and paste into your preferred reader.

A simple Google search will lista wide range ofRSS reader options--as desktop applications, mobile apps, or browser plug-ins.A familiar application that many use everyday, Outlook is a good option. Follow these instructions for integrating feeds in Outlook.

  1. On theToolsmenu, clickAccount Settings.
  2. On theRSS Feedstab, clickNew.
  3. In theNew RSS Feeddialog box, type or press CTRL+V to paste the URL of the RSS Feed. For example, http://www.example.com/feed/main.xml.
  4. ClickAdd.
  5. ClickOK.

Or, within the Outlook folder pane:

  1. Right-click on the RSS Feeds heading and select Add a New RSS Feed:
  2. Paste in the Feed's URL and confirm the dialog boxes. The Advanced tab allows further configuration of the feed.

Outlook Rules can be set so that RSS content is delivered to your inbox.