RSS: Really Simple Syndication

What is RSS?

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RSS (most commonly translated as "Really Simple Syndication" but sometimes "Rich Site Summary") is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format. An RSS document (which is called a "feed", "web feed", or "channel") includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship. Web feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content automatically. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place.

RSS formats are specified using XML, a generic specification for the creation of data formats. ( More info... )

RSS Essentials

W3C RSS 1.0 News Feed Creation How-To - W3C.

Getting Started

Recommended Reading

Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom

Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom

This step-by-step guide offers bloggers, web developers, and programmers an understanding of content syndication and the technologies that make it possible. It highlights all the new features of RSS 2.0, and offers complete coverage of its rival technology, Atom. Confidently teaches you how to produce your own data feeds to syndicate news and blogs.

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See also: Essential Blogging: Selecting and Using Weblog Tools

Assorted Articles About RSS

See also: XML