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 finds.
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 computer.