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Working with RSS Feeds

Some websites—particularly blogs—regularly add new content. That makes for a dynamic and interesting site (depending on the content, of course), but it does mean that you have to check the site often if you want to keep up with the latest information. You can avoid this hassle altogether by turning the tables and having the site tell you when it has posted something new. You can do this if the site supports a feature called Real Simple Syndication, or RSS, which enables you to subscribe to the feed that the site sends out. That feed usually contains the most recent data posted to the site.

RSS feeds are XML files, so you cannot read them directly. Instead, you need a feed reader program or website that can interpret the RSS content. However, Internet Explorer 7 has this capability built in, so you can subscribe to and read RSS feeds from the comfort of your desktop.


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