About RSS Feeds
RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication, is an easy way to keep up with your favorite news and information. An RSS feed contains headlines, summaries, and links to full news stories. If you click on the orange RSS icon on the right, most browsers (e.g., Mozilla, Internet Explorer, Safari) will convert to an RSS feed page. What is different about this page—compared to the ARM news page—is that you should now only see new content since your last visit.
How Does it Work?
RSS feeds are developed using XML (or eXtensible Markup Language). If you click an RSS link on the right, you will see the page in XML. If you're new to XML, you can learn more with this thorough Introduction to RSS from W3Schools.
To get content delivered automatically, you should subscribe to a feed aggregator, otherwise known as an RSS news reader.
What are RSS Readers?
RSS news readers, or "aggregators", are small software programs that aggregate RSS feeds from multiple websites. They allow you to scan headlines from hundreds of news sources in a central location. Some readers can also be configured to deliver this information to your email account. Popular RSS readers include:
- Google Reader, no software to download
- Bloglines, mobile version available for cell phones
- SharpReader (Windows only)
How Do I Use These Feeds?
The first step, as described below, is to choose an RSS reader. Each reader has a slightly different way of adding a new feed (also called a "channel"). In most cases, here's how it works:
- Click on the small XML button near the channel you want (Research Highlights, for example). You'll see a page displaying XML code.
- From your browser, copy the URL that appears in your Address Bar. For example, the URL you would copy for ARM News Is: http://www.arm.gov/news/cms/category/news/feed
- Paste that URL into the 'Add New Channel' section of the reader. You should be all set! The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the headlines for you.
If you use a Mac, try this tutorial to learn how to set up RSS in mail.
Where Do I Get an RSS Reader?
A wide range of RSS readers can be easily downloaded from the web. Some readers are web-based while others require you to download a small software program onto your desktop. Most are free to use.