RE: RSS feed: interpreting XML

Subject: RE: RSS feed: interpreting XML
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>, 'Mark Giffin' <mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net>
Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 13:27:35 -0400

The first three paragraphs of the Wikipedia article on RSS summarises the process quite nicely. I've highlighted the crucial step.

RSS Rich Site Summary (originally RDF Site Summary, often dubbed Really Simple Syndication) 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.

RSS feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content automatically. A standardized XML file format allows the information to be published once and viewed by many different programs. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favorite websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place.

RSS feeds can be read using software called an "RSS reader", "feed reader", or "aggregator", which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based. The user subscribes to a feed by entering into the reader the feed's URI or by clicking a feed icon in a web browser that initiates the subscription process. The RSS reader checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for new work, downloads any updates that it finds, and provides a user interface to monitor and read the feeds. RSS allows users to avoid manually inspecting all of the websites they are interested in, and instead subscribe to websites such that all new content is automatically checked for and advertised by their browsers as soon as it is available.

And http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_feed_aggregators provides a list of RSS readers, plus rudimentary and largely incomplete comparisons of features and capabilities

> From: ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com
> To: mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net
> Subject: RE: RSS feed: interpreting XML
> Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 17:21:40 +0000
> CC: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
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> So how does one use a page of XML code with Feedly?
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Giffin [mailto:mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:18 PM
> To: Cardimon, Craig
> Cc: 'salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com'; 'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com'
> Subject: Re: RSS feed: interpreting XML
>
> You need to use an RSS feed reader like Google Reader. But don't use Google Reader because it is dying in a month or so. There are many feed readers. I have been using the Feedly reader, which is a plugin to the Firefox browser. It also has mobile apps for Android and iOS.
>
> Mark Giffin
>
> On 5/22/13 10:09 AM, Cardimon, Craig wrote:
> > I'd like to know the answer, too.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
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> > [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+ccardimon=m-s-g -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
> > Behalf Of Chris Morton
> > Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:04 PM
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> > Subject: RSS feed: interpreting XML
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> > Hi All,
> >
> > Lately I've been visiting a few websites to which I'd like to subscribe through their RSS feed. So I click their RSS icon only to be shown a page of XML code. How do I make use of this?
> >
> > Thanks
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Follow-Ups:

References:
RSS feed: interpreting XML: From: Chris Morton
RE: RSS feed: interpreting XML: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: RSS feed: interpreting XML: From: Mark Giffin
RE: RSS feed: interpreting XML: From: Cardimon, Craig

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