Really Simple Syndication, RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content
such as news headlines, newly posted documents, latest vacancies or blog entries. An RSS document, which is
called a "feed", "web feed", or "channel", contains either a summary of
content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible to keep up with UNFCCC's
feeds in an automated manner which is easier than checking them manually. RSS content can be read using
software called a "feed reader" or an "aggregator." You subscribe to a feed by entering
the feed's link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription
process. The reader checks your subscribed feeds regularly for new content, downloading any updates that it
How do I start using feeds?
In general, the first thing you need is something called a news reader. This is a piece of software that
checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There are many different
versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications.
Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas
downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer.
If you click on the RSS button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL
of the feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news
reader. Most sites that offer feeds use a similar orange button, but some may just have a normal web link.
Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a
website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier. For more
details on these, please check their websites.
How do I get a news reader?
There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time. Different
news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your