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Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 05.06.05 - 19:08:01 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8088x
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For the past months now, RSS, XML, Feeds, Syndication, etc. is in everybody's mouth and RSS left the early adaptor geek status and is a widely used technology now - since 2002 also supported by the::unwired (previously PPCW.Net) for sure.

However, while everybody is talking about RSS, the use of it on Pocket PCs, Smartphones and Desktops; there are still many questions how to subscribe such a feed and how it is working generally.

Andy Taylor had a deeper look into it:

First off, what is an RSS feed? I think I understand it, but I'm not sure. Also, how do I subscribe to an RSS feed and why would I want to?

This is a wonderful question, because it's one I have heard time and again from people. So let's have a stab at this.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and it's basically a computer-readable summary of the content of a Web page. This summary might be just the headlines of the articles on the page, the headlines plus a sentence or two excerpt of the articles, or even the headlines plus the entire articles. These are known as "headline only", "headline + excerpt" and "full text" feeds, respectively.

There are, of course, nuances, because RSS is now used for a lot more than just Web pages comprised of a set of articles (e.g., weblogs). For example, the New York Times has a set of RSS feeds that let you subscribe to just the movie reviews or just their business news.

Typically, you recognize an RSS feed because there's a cute little orange or blue button labeled "XML", "RDF" or "RSS".

To subscribe to the::unwired's RSS feed, just check the "Feeds and Syndication" box in the right column. To get a better understanding of how RSS works and how to subscribe to it, I recommend Andy's article.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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