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Syndication and aggregation through RSS

MichALL syndicates its website news via RSS feeds.

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is an XML language that, when used in combination with specialized software packages called RSS readers or News aggregators, allows a user to subscribe to a web site and receive real time quick summaries whenever the site is updated.

Recent browser releases - Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 2, Safari (Apple), etc. - make it easy to experiment with RSS feeds. Those (and other) new browsers incorporate RSS readers, along with simple instructions and subscription interfaces to get you started. (If you use email programs like Outlook or Thunderbird, you can even view RSS content in a way that is very similar to reading the messages in your Inbox.) You could also experiment with RSS feeds using a server/web based aggregator like BlogLines (www.bloglines.com) or Google Reader (www.google.com/reader), or install a reader directly on your computer. There are lots of options.

Web sites that publish an RSS feed are usually identified by the use of words like “syndicate this site” followed by a tiny box or button labeled “RSS” or “XML.” Clicking on the RSS/XML button will take you to an XML page (which, depending on your browser, will either be nicely formatted or look like a bunch of cryptic code). Either way, you can add the site’s RSS feed to your reader (aggregate the site’s content), by copying the web “address” (URL) of the RSS/XML page and pasting it into your reader’s subscription area. The software will then automatically retrieve and display that site’s latest news/updates (RSS feeds).

To subscribe to this site’s general RSS feed please click on the followingicon and follow the instructions that apply to your reader.

For the basic RSS/XML file requirements click here to get a template. The RSS/XML file (text file with an '.xml' extension) should be placed on the web server in the same place (folder) where the site's home page resides.

Happy aggregation!

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