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Chapter 5. Bookmarks and History > Creating a Live Bookmark

Creating a Live Bookmark

You’ve seen how to create and modify bookmarks, but what would you think about a live bookmark that automatically updates to reflect the information on the associated website? There’s a really slick technology called RSS (originally “Rich Site Summary” but now “Really Simple Syndication”) that lets websites summarize information into a news feed containing a list of links to individual items. These links can be viewed as bookmarks in Firefox. This is more or less automatic: after you set up a live bookmark, Firefox takes care of everything.

In practice, this means you can set up a bookmark (it actually appears as a folder) for a website that supports RSS, and then every time you look at the bookmark, Firefox checks to see what the latest news and headlines are and displays them as bookmarks in the folder. You can click these bookmarks just like any other bookmarks, the difference being that they change whenever the information is updated on the website. (The website sets the number of bookmarks that appear and how often they’re updated.)


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