What is RSS?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It’s an easy way to have the news and information that's important to you, delivered to you automatically. This content is called a "feed."
RSS is written in the Internet coding language and is commonly labeled with this icon: This icon indicates an opportunity to subscribe to that feed.
What is an RSS Reader?
An RSS reader is a software program that collects and displays RSS feeds. It allows you to scan headlines from a number of news sources in a central location.
Where Can I Get an RSS Reader?
Some browsers, such as the current versions of Firefox and Safari, have built in RSS readers. If you're using a browser that doesn't currently support RSS, there are a variety of RSS readers available on the Web -- some are free to download and others are available for purchase. Popular sites like Google, Yahoo and MSN.com also allow you to personalize your homepage with RSS feeds pushed directly to that page.
How Do I Use RSS Feeds?
The first step is to choose an RSS reader. Each reader has a slightly different way of adding a new feed, also called a "channel." Follow the directions for your reader, but, in most cases, here's how it works:
- Select the link near the feed you want. You'll see a page displaying Internet code.
- From your Web browser's address bar, copy the URL (web address). For example, the URL you would copy for the Jefferson County Web site is http://www.jeffco.us
- Paste that URL into the “Add New Channel” or “Add feed” section of the reader. The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the headlines for you.
To subscribe to the RSS feeds for the Transparent Jeffco Blog, select any of the links on the right side of the main page of the blog under the heading “RSS Feeds.”