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Creating RSS Feeds

As you're probably aware, the version of Safari included in Tiger now supports RSS “channels.” RSS (Rich Site Summary, RDF Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication depending on who you ask and the time of day) provides a simple means of syndicating your website's content. If your site offers an RSS channel, any other website can display a summary of the content you have available. This is often employed on blogs and news sites but could be extended to just about any type of information that you might want to share: recipes, file uploads, and so on. The benefit of RSS is that it promotes content sharing rather than the content “borrowing” (stealing) that is prevalent. Sites can share information and offer customized RSS feeds to suite their users needs.

Although RSS is still in the early implementation stages for many sites, it has gained considerable momentum through acceptance by online news organizations and, sadly, advertisers. Integration into Safari and the popular cross-platform Firefox browser will further push its adoption by site owners around the world. If you aren't using RSS now, you should be. The good news, implementing RSS on a website is absolutely trivial, even if you just maintain a few static web pages.


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