RSS / XML Feeds Demystified
RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication'. RSS allows you to keep up to date with the news on your favourite web sites, without having to visit them all individually. RSS sends the details straight to your news reader for you to browse through each time an update is detected.
RSS is a method for publishers of News, Websites and Blogs and to send out information to their audience. RSS is delivered as a headline (sometims with a summary) for you to decide if you wish to view the entire article (this saves you a lot of time!) When a RSS feed is listed on a website, it is considered to be syndicated (allowing people to subscribe to the feed/channel). Often times, you will see a picture like an image like the one above or you may also see RSS, XML, RDF, ATOM, and other variations of this.
How to use FMRAI RSS feeds?
Most modern Browsers or Desktop Mail Clients offer integrated RSS readers and allow you to easily add RSS Feeds. If not, you will either need to download and install a Desktop RSS feed reader program or use one of the web based RSS feed readers. We have listed some of the most popular programs below. Once you have either installed or subscribed to a news reader, simply add our RSS feed URL into the appropriate 'add feed' section. It will then collect and display the latest headlines.
Where do you get a news reader?
A list of news readers appears below. They are divided up into web based readers and desktop readers. Please bear in mind that different readers work with different systems, so do check the instruction details before installing. In case, you come across a dead link, pls inform the webmaster.Thanks
List of Web Based RSS Feed Readers
- My Yahoo Web Based Aggregator
- Bloglines - Web-based news aggregator, free membership.
- Rocket RSS Reader
List of Desktop RSS Feed Readers
- OneQube - Web based news aggregator - free. Requires IE6.
- ActiveRefresh - One of the best Feed Readers. free
- MedReader - free reader for the healthcare industry.
- AmphetaDesk - Mac, Linux, Windows versions. free.
- Awasu - Windows, free personal edition
- FeedDemon - Windows, free beta release
- Headline Viewer - Windows, free beta release
- NetNewsWire -- Macintosh, free and commercial versions
- NewsCrawler - Windows free 14 day trail version available
- NewsGator - Windows (runs in Microsoft Outlook), free 14 day trial version available
- Newswatcher - Windows, free trial
- RSS Reader - Windows, freeware.
- NetNewsWire - Mac OS X , free 30 day trial..
- NetNewsWire Lite - Mac OS X. Freeware version of the above, with less features.
For more RSS readers, try Google's directory of news readers. The above list is a compilation only and does not indicate any preference or recommendation by FMRAI. Please use them after you follow the application guidelines.