What is RSS?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is a way to have updated information from a web site delivered to you rather than you having to go to the website to find it. It is widely used by news sites, for example the BBC.
The web site provides a feed which contains the updated information. In our case this is a list of meetings to be held in the next two weeks and so it can change daily.
You subscribe to the feed and can view the information without having to visit the actual web page. Links are provided so that if you want to know more about a meeting you can click the link to open the What's On page with the appropriate meeting at the top of your screen.
How do I subscribe to a feed?
A feed is intended to be interpreted by other software and so will not make much sense if you simply open it in your browser.
With some browsers, such as Firefox, Opera or Safari, you can subscribe to feeds which are displayed through bookmarks or aggregators. For example, if there is a feed available on a web page, Firefox shows an orange icon at the right of the address bar. When you click on it you can subscribe to the feed which is added to your bookmarks as a live bookmark that you can update whenever you want to see the latest info. You can also get an extension to Firefox called Sage which is a RSS aggregator and allows you to read all the items within a feed on one page.
Some email programs, such as Thunderbird, can also be used to access feeds.
Internet Explorer 6 does not support rss feeds so your choices are to get a different browser (Internet Explorer 7 or both Firefox and Opera are available as free downloads for Windows) or a RSS aggregator. There are many of these available - for Windows try http://www.tucows.com/downloads/Windows/Internet/RSSWebBlogTools/ or Google for 'RSS reader'.
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