What is RSS?

Short for Really Simple Syndication, RSS is an XML-based format for content distribution. RSS is used by (among other things) news web sites, web logs (or, blogs), and podcasting.

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You can have information from hundreds of web sites pulled together in one location using software known as “news aggregators” or “news readers.”

The latest headlines along with a short summary from those many sites — RSS feeds — show up on your computer desktop or on a single page you view using your web browser. You simply click on a headline to go to the underlying site and read more.

Client-side readers and aggregators are typically stand-alone programs or extensions to existing programs such as web browsers. Browsers such as Safari, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer 7 are moving toward (or already have) integrated feed reader functions. These readers update frequently to provide you with feeds as soon as they are published.

UITS offers an RSS feed for current news and for system notices. The feeds include headlines, summaries, and links back to the full article(s). The UITS RSS feeds are free and UITS currently uses RSS 2.0.

To subscribe to the UITS News feed

If you have an RSS-aware web browser (Note: Internet Explorer 6 is not RSS-aware) just click the orange RSS box in the upper left corner of this page.

If you don’t have an RSS-aware web browser and click the button you will see a page of XML code. You’ll need to cut and paste this URL into a news reader:

http://uitsnews.iu.edu/feed

RSS readers are available for download from IUware Online.

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