What Is RSS?
What Is an RSS Reader?
How Do I View RSS Feeds on My Computer?
What If I Already Have an RSS Reader?
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an acronym for Really Simple Syndication, is a method used by blogs,
online newspapers and
other web-enabled news sources to rapidly publish information via the World
Wide Web. The information published online via RSS by a web publisher
is usually referred to as a “feed”.
Feeds are automatically updated whenever new information, usually in the form
of a news story,
is published to the Web. Feeds usually contain a brief synopsis of the news
story in the form of a headline, followed by a very short summary of its contents,
that is hyperlinked
to a full version of the story posted on a website.
A screenshot of Snarfer, one
of the more popular free RSS readers. Snarfer can access both news feeds
and podcasts. The
featured here is entitled, "Dr. Schwartz’s Inauguration
Speech at CAP ’07".
An RSS reader, also known as an “aggregator”,
is a computer program that is designed to automatically retrieve information
published via RSS to the user's computer by frequently polling
the web address, or “URL”,
of the feed. This web address is provided by any RSS-enabled website selected
by the user, who can subscribe to their RSS feed by clicking on the orange-colored
RSS logo ()
commonly used to indicate the availability of an RSS feed, or by clicking
on a hyperlink provided by the publisher, and then following the instructions
provided. After the user's RSS reader has been correctly
installed, when new news becomes available, the user's RSS reader will
automatically download the latest information published by the website the
user has elected to receive news from and present it to the user in a useful,
summary form. In sum, an RSS reader provides computer users with the convenience
of receiving a variety of timely, relevant news stories and information on
their computer desktop from one or more websites without having to take the
time to visit each website individually.
To view news feeds on your computer, you need to
download an RSS reader. There are a number of RSS readers available, many
of which are free.
If you already have an RSS reader, follow these
1. Click the link that corresponds to the topic that interests you in the
list of CAP RSS Feeds below.
2. Copy the URL/shortcut that appears in the address bar of the new page.
3. Paste the URL into your RSS reader. Typically this involves going to “File/New/New
Feed” on your RSS reader menu (the exact wording may vary), and pasting the copied URL into the feed
address space provided by your reader, carefully following any other instructions
given by your reader.
If you are a My Yahoo! or Google user, follow these
1. Click on the “Add to My Yahoo!” or “Add to Google”
button next to the topic you wish to subscribe to in the list below.
2. Follow the instructions provided by the feed publisher you selected for
adding their feed to your RSS reader.
CAP.org also offers podcasting feeds
College of American Pathologists
By RSS (Really Simple Syndication) service CAP.org
offers feeds of publications, pathology news, and advocacy news in XML format
(“RSS Content”) to members of CAP who use RSS aggregators. These
also is subject to the terms and conditions of the CAP Terms and Conditions,
which governs the use of CAP’s websites and content. These Terms and
Conditions may be changed by CAP at any time without notice.