RSS ("Really Simple Syndication") is a Web feed format used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. An RSS document, which is called a "feed", "web feed", or "channel", contains either a summary of content from the associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that's easier than checking them manually.
RSS content is read using software called an "RSS reader", "feed reader" or an "aggregator". The user subscribes to a feed by entering the feed's link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. The reader checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for new content, downloading any updates that it finds.
Most newer web browsers include a built-in feed reader and subscription mechanism. The following are known to include feed readers:
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 and up
- Safari 2.0 and up
In supported browsers, typically you can subscribe to a feed by clicking on the feed icon in the web page or in your browser's address bar. The browser will present you with options to subscribe to the feed.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) and older does not have built-in support for RSS feeds. You will need to find and install an external feed reader, or upgrade to Internet Explorer 7, in order to use RSS feeds.
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