◎What is RSS?
RSS(Really Simple Syndication stands for Really Simple Syndication. It's an easy
way for you to keep up with news and information that's important to you, and helps
you avoid the conventional methods of browsing or searching for information on websites.
Now the content you want can be delivered directly to you without cluttering your
inbox with e-mail messages. This content is called a "feed."
◎What Is an RSS Reader?
An RSS reader is a small software program that collects and displays RSS feeds.
It allows you to scan headlines from a number of news sources in a central location.
Some browsers, such as the current versions of Firefox and Safari have built in
RSS readers. If you're using a browser that doesn't currently support RSS, there
are a variety of RSS readers available
on the web; some are free to download and others are available for purchase.
◎How Do I Use RSS Feeds?
The first step is to choose an RSS reader. Each reader has a slightly different
way of adding a new feed, also called a "channel." Follow the directions for your
reader but, in most cases, here's how it works: Click on the link or small XML button
near the feed you want. For example, Subjects: Visit Taiwan. You'll see a page displaying
XML code. From your web browser's address bar, copy the URL (web address). For example,
the URL you would copy for Subjects: Visit Taiwan is: http://english.www.gov.tw/e-Gov/rss/visit.xml.
Paste that URL into the "Add New Channel" section of the reader. The RSS feed will
start to display and regularly update the headlines for you.