RSS, often dubbed Really Simple Syndication, uses a family of standard web feed formats to publish frequently updated information: blog entries, news headlines, audio, video. An RSS document (called "feed", "web feed"or "channel") includes full or summarized text, and metadata, like publishing date and author's name. An RSS feed is usually represented by some variation of the icon to the left.
RSS feeds enable publishers to syndicate data 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.
Software termed "RSS reader", "aggregator", or "feed reader", which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based, present RSS feed data to users. Users subscribe to feeds either by entering a feed's web address into the reader or by clicking on the browser's feed
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 a user 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 list a wide range of RSS 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.
- On the Tools menu, click Account Settings.
- On the RSS Feeds tab, click New.
- In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type or press CTRL+V to paste the URL of the RSS Feed. For example, http://www.example.com/feed/main.xml.
- Click Add.
- Click OK.
Or, within the Outlook folder pane:
- Right-click on the RSS Feeds heading and select Add a New RSS Feed:
- 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.