Tip of the Day

Q: What are RSS feeds and how do I use them in EvidenceAlerts?

What is RSS?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is the new and easy way to receive automatic updates from websites. It is an XML file that can be read by special feed reading software. Instead of revisiting a site several times to check for updates, news readers scan for updates and display them for you. Using a news reader means you can stay in touch with many different sources of news and information.

How do I a get a news reader?
There are various news readers available for download from the Internet. Some of the best news readers are free. Click the following URL to locate one suitable for you: http://blogspace.com/rss/readers.

How do I use RSS?
First, install your news reader or aggregator software. The orange icons with "RSS" or "XML" denote an available feed. To subscribe, click on the icon and add the URL (from the address bar on your browser) into your reader. The reader will display the latest content specific to that feed, each with a synopsis and link to the full version of the information.

Want to learn more about RSS feeds?
There are many sites explaining what feeds do and how they work, such as this one at http://www.sixapart.com/about/feeds.

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