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Website Now Features RSS Feed
Friday, November 7, 2008
For the past few weeks, some of you may have noticed that there are curious orange icons on your browser and on the front page of our website. We have been experimenting with providing RSS feed functionality to our website and believe that it should now be safe to let everyone know what these little icons are for.
RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works – such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video – in a standardized format. An RSS document (which is called a "feed", "web feed", or "channel") includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship. Web feeds benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place. RSS feeds can be read using software called an "RSS reader", "feed reader", or "aggregator", which can be web-based or desktop-based. The user subscribes to a feed by entering the feed's URL into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. The RSS reader checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for new work, downloads any updates that it finds, and provides a user interface to monitor and read the feeds.
If you cannot find the RSS icon on your particular browser, you should be able to find a link to our RSS feed at the bottom of our front page or alternatively, you could just find it here - http://purdue.edu/bands/rss.xml . For a video description of how RSS feeds work and how to get them to work for you, check out this video article on YouTube by CommonCraft - http://youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU
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