What is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a time-saving way for you to receive news and information updates (often called "RSS feeds", "news feeds" or simply "feeds") from your favorite Web sites and blogs.

Typically RSS feeds consist of headlines and short summaries of new articles, blog entries or search results, though some Web sites and blogs offer the full text of articles or blog entries as feeds.

Why Use RSS?

By using RSS you can stay on top of the news and information you need without using your e-mail system and without repeatedly checking multiple Web sites to see if they have been updated. RSS simplifies the way you stay informed and helps you take control of overloaded email inboxes.

What do I do to receive RSS feeds?

To receive RSS feeds, three things are necessary. 1) The Web site or blog that you wish to receive feeds from must offer feeds. 2) You need access to a feed reader, and 3) you need to select the feeds you wish to receive.

Accessing a feed reader

Click here for the IACC in the News RSS Feed

If you click on RSS/XML button above you will either see the content of our feed, or be asked to download a file. Don't be alarmed -- most browsers are not set up to read XML - you need a feed reader to receive and read RSS feeds. (MAC OS X Tiger has a built in feed reader and future versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox and other browsers will likely contain feed readers.)

The two most common ways to gain access to a feed reader are to download feed-reader software to your desktop or to register with a free Web-based feed reader such as Yahoo.com, Bloglines.com or Newsgator.com. With all these feed readers you receive all your feeds in one place. The advantage of the Web-based feed readers is that you can access your feeds from any computer.

Using Web-based feed readers

With the Web-based feed readers, the process of signing up for feeds can be quite simple. After you've registered with the feed reader Web site, you enter the URL of the feed you wish to receive into the feed reader, and a few clicks later you ready to receive and read feeds.

As an example, go to www.bloglines.com. Complete the simple registration process and then click on the My Feeds tab. Then click on the "add" link on the left. On the right you'll be presented with a space for the Web site or feed URL. If you want to receive the IACC news feed enter /resources/index_fuseaction_newsfeed&chpid=3&type=rss. Bloglines then lists our feed. Click subscribe and the feed will then be listed on the left. Come back to Bloglines whenever you want to check for updates.

Desktop feed readers

The following is a partial list of common desktop feed readers. With these, you will need to download and install software to read your feeds.

Microsoft WindowsFeedReaderhttp://www.feedreader.com/

Mac OS XNetNewsWirehttp://ranchero.com/netnewswire/


Cross platformRocket RSS Readerhttp://reader.rocketinfo.com/desktop/

Cross platformAmphetadeskhttp://www.disobey.com/amphetadesk/

Cross platformRSSOwlhttp://rssowl.sourceforge.net/

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