RSS is a simple XML-based system that allows users to
subscribe to their favorite websites. Using RSS, webmasters
can put their content into a standardized format, which can
be viewed and organized through RSS-aware software.
program known as a feed reader or aggregator can check a
list of feeds on behalf of a user and display any updated
articles that it finds. It is common to find web feeds on
major websites and many smaller ones. Some websites let
people choose between RSS or Atom formatted web feeds;
others offer only RSS or only Atom.
RSS-aware programs are available for various operating
systems. Client-side readers and aggregators are typically
constructed as standalone programs or extensions to existing
programs such as web browsers. Many browsers have integrated
support for RSS feeds. There also are other applications
that can convert a RSS feed into several usenet articles,
viewable through the major newsreader software such as
Mozilla Thunderbird or Forté Agent: an example of such
applications are nntp//rss, a Java coded program, or RSS
Feed Converter a script for the popular mail-newsserver
Web-based feed readers and news aggregators such as
YourLiveWire require no software installation and make the
user's "feeds" available on any computer with Web access.
Some aggregators combine existing web feeds into new feeds,
e.g., taking all football related items from several sports
feeds and providing a new football feed. There are also
search engines for content published via web feeds like
Feedster or Blogdigger.
On Web pages, web feeds (RSS or Atom) are typically
linked with the word "Subscribe", an orange rectangle,
or with the letters
Many news aggregators such as My Yahoo! publish subscription
buttons for use on Web pages to simplify the process of
adding news feeds.
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