FAQ (Frequently asked questions)


What is an RSS feed?

"An RSS feed is a file that contains frequently updated information, such as news headlines, blog posts, and in the case of podcasts audio and video, that is specially formatted in a way that allows it to be subscribed to using a variety of programs called feed readers or aggregators. RSS (short for Really Simple Syndication) is the most common feed format, followed by Atom. Many sites provide RSS feeds of their most recently-updated content, and a feed reader can subscribe to many feeds (thousands or even millions) at once, allowing you to view the most recent information from a variety of sources with visiting all of the originating web sites." (Source: http://www.tucows.com/article/1903#terms-r). In general, the presence of an RSS feed is shown by the icon RSS icon.

How do I use an RSS feed?

Usually, to view feeds on your computer, you will require a feed reader. An RSS web module can be used as an alternative to feed reader (which has to be downloaded). For example, Google and My Yahoo users can add RSS feeds directly on their personal page.

Where can I get an RSS reader?

A lot of RSS readers are available for download on the Web. Some are free and some have to be purchased. Once the software has been downloaded and installed, you can add as many RSS feeds as you desire.

Here are some sites that contain lists of RSS readers:

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How can I obtain RSS feeds?

Simply click on an RSS feed icon RSS icon displayed on the site and follow the directions of your RSS reader..

More information on RSS

For more information on RSS, please visit the FAQ (English version only) or the RSS specification (in French, in English). The specification is based on the RSS 2.0 format.

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