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What is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. This provides you with a quick and easy way to keep current with a variety of information from websites. Instead of you visiting websites to see what is new, you can have web content delivered directly to you. This content is called a "feed", also called RSS Feed, web feed, RSS stream, or RSS channel. When you see this symbol on an NIEHS webpage there is an RSS feed available.

RSS is written in the Internet coding language known as XML (eXtensible Markup Language). NIEHS currently uses the RSS 2.0 format. To review this format, see the RSS 2.0 Specifications.

What is an RSS Reader and how do I get one?

An RSS reader, or aggregator, is a small software program that collects and displays RSS feeds. This tool lets you subscribe to any feeds you want, checks automatically to see when they're updated, and then displays the updates for you as they arrive. An RSS reader can be used through a browser or a stand-alone program.

Browser-based news readers allow you to read your RSS feeds from any computer. Some browsers, such as Firefox and Safari, have built-in support for feeds. You can also subscribe to online readers, such as Feedly or Inoreader.

How Do I Use RSS Feeds?

Each reader has a slightly different way of subscribing to a new feed. It is best, though to follow the instructions for your specific reader. Generally, click on the feed icon when presented on an NIEHS webpage. An XML webpage will be displayed. Copy the URL of this webpage into the news reader.