Getting Started with RSS


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This is an introductory presentation I gave on RSS in 2005.

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Getting Started with RSS

  1. 1. Really Simple Syndication: Creating and Reading RSS Using Editors and Aggregators By Jenna Moore
  2. 2. What We’re Going to Cover What is RSS? Why Should You Care? Reading News Feeds Creating News Feeds Embedding News Feeds into Your Website
  3. 3. What is RSS? Really Simple Syndication is an easy way to: distribute a list of headlines or updates to a large number of users. simplify Web browsing by notifying you when changes occur. eliminate the need to check each site regularly. What used to take an hour to check, can be done in a few minutes.
  4. 4. Business Application Save time getting the latest news in the industry Push out information about new products to customers Keep customers informed Increase customer return to your website Used by many top companies including Microsoft, ESPN, and others
  5. 5. Terms to Know Aggregator: A reader or service that displays RSS output Channel/Feed: A list of headlines for a particular topic Item: A headline with a link to more information RSS 0.91, 1.0, 2.0: Versions of RSS, similar to HTML ATOM: A weblog syndication format that is incompatible with RSS. Not widely supported by readers.
  6. 6. An online aggregator List of Channels Click a Channel
  7. 7. Now we see the list of available headlines from this channel Click an item or headline. Let’s try “Save My Game”.
  8. 8. Reading RSS Online Services: These services let you view all of your subscribed channels via one website Email Aggregators: Send your channels to your email Stand-Alone Clients
  9. 9. Online Services Bloglines MyYahoo RSS Headlines Module NewsGator
  10. 10. Email Readers you subscribe: An aggregator for Microsoft Outlook A list of email aggregators for various platforms
  11. 11. Stand-Alone Clients SharpReader: Well organized, handles all RSS and Atom. Requires .NET Framework Omea Reader: Integrates feeds and Web pages
  12. 12. Creating Your Own RSS Feed Simple as 1-2-3! An RSS file is a basic XML file 1. Create 2. Validate 3. Post Subscribe to the URL
  13. 13. Creating RSS Files XML File Header RSS File Header Channels Items Sample File
  14. 14. This is what our RSS file gives us here.
  15. 15. In Bloglines we can see the description, too
  16. 16. Editors Online Editors Stand-Alone Editors Plug-ins
  17. 17. Online Editor Webreference RSS Channel Editor ( bin/perl/ Easy to use, no code needed – Enter your data & URL – Builds and displays the XML for you, just copy – and paste into your HTML page Update your channel from anywhere! –
  18. 18. Stand-Alone Editors Tristana Writer – Requires IE 5.5 or higher – Creates RSS 2.0 or ATOM – Can create a new feed from a web page – Downside: Trialware- 15 days, then you pay – NewzAlert Composer – Creates RSS 2.0 compliant XML – Organize your feeds using categories – New Feed Wizard helps new users create feeds immediately – Very easy to use – Downside: Trialware- 15 day trial is free, after that $29.95-49.95 –
  19. 19. Plug-in RSS Editor – This is a plug-in for Mozilla FireFox – Works with CJK (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) characters – correctly Easy to use RSS (or live bookmark) for your homepage, that – doesn't use a CMS. A desktop RSS 2.0 file editor – Reads RSS 0.9x/1.0 files (only supports common fields for RSS – 1.0) Simple and intuitive user interface – Automatic update of quot;publication datequot; and quot;last build datequot; when – you input data Downside: Publishing isn’t as simple as it appears –
  20. 20. Embedding Newsfeeds You can embed news feeds for relevant topics into your own website. This increases the value of your website to clients, who can come to your website without needing to reference others. Adds revolving information Example to your site, keeping readers coming back.
  21. 21. How Easy! There are many ways to embed RSS feeds ASP – JavaScript – Others – The Easiest: JavaScript RSS Box Viewer
  22. 22. Some Feeds to Read STC News: The STC newsfeed ESPN: A list of sports channels from ESPN WebMD: The Webhealth newsfeed New York Times: A list of channels from NYT A list of channels from Wired Copy the URL for the RSS or XML page into your RSS reader.
  23. 23. Resources for More Info RSS 2.0 Specification at Basic RSS Tutorial Introduction to RSS for Educational Designers Info on Readers