What is an RSS feed?
A feed, also known as RSS feed, XML feed, syndicated content, or
web feed, is frequently updated content which is published by a web
site such as the History Files.
It is usually used for news and blog web sites, but can also be
used for distributing other types of digital content, including
pictures, audio or video. In the case of the History Files, it
contains information on all major updates and newly-published
material on the site.
Feeds can also be used to deliver audio content (usually in MP3
format) which you can listen to on your computer or MP3 player. This
is referred to as podcasting.
Does a web site offers feeds?
When you first view a web site, your browser will search for
feeds. If feeds are available, the Feeds button
will change colour in Internet Explorer, or it will appear in the
url address bar in Firefox. Many sites use this orange icon, but
some use a picture with 'XML' on it, while a few others use an orange or blue icon,
or simply a text link.
A sound might also play in Internet Explorer.
Some browsers automatically check for feeds when you visit a
web site. These browsers include Firefox, Opera and Safari. They will
display an icon when they find a feed. This can make the process of
subscribing to feeds more easy. For more details, please check the
relevant web sites.
The History Files has its own feed. You can find the
link for accessing this in the url bar of every relevant page, as
described above. You can also find it on any of the index or help pages. It is an
orange button on the righthand side of all index pages