What is RSS?
- One of the definitions of RSS is “Really Simple Syndication”. It is a way to easily distribute a list of headlines, notice of breaking news, and sometimes content to a wide number of people. An RSS feed is sometimes called an “RSS Channel.” You can also check Wikipedia and search for “RSS.”
How does RSS work?
- RSS works by having the web site publisher, in this instance, irinfo.org, maintain a list of headlines on our web site. This list of headlines is called an “RSS Feed.” You can see the RSS Feed at irinfo.org by going here: view rss feed.
What can I do with RSS?
- As a person or company that is interested in staying current concerning infrared, NDT, and PdM issues, RSS can supply you with relevant information. And, the great advantage is that this information will come to you so you don’t need to search for it or check a web site to see what’s new.
How can I receive the IRINFO.ORG News Feed?
- The first thing you will need is special software called an “RSS Aggregator.” There are many aggregators available for free as well as some that are available for purchase
- You can find a selection of aggregators, sometimes called “News Readers,” at this web site.
- You can also check Wikipedia and search for “aggregator.”
- Some e-mail programs such as Microsoft Outlook also allow you do receive an RSS feed at the same time that you download your e-mail.
Now I have an Aggregator. What’s Next?
- Every aggregator is different but each one will allow you to create an incoming news feed that interests you. Thus, somewhere in the aggregator software you will be given the option to “create a new RSS feed.” And that is where you will enter the location of the irinfo.org RSS news feed which is listed below:
- You can just copy and paste the above line into the appropriate location into your news aggregator.
- Now you only need to run your aggregator in automatic mode; that is, to have it start automatically when your computer starts. It should then go off to the internet every so often to see if the news feed from irinfo.org has been updated. It the aggregator finds an update, it will download the news headlines to your computer. Then, when you read a headline that interests you, just click on it and you’ll be able to read the full story.
How Can I Find Other News Feeds that I Might Like?
- Good question. When you visit a web site that has material that interests you look for the little graphic that looks like this:
- By clicking on that button, you will be taken to the location of the RSS News Feed for that web site. You then enter that location into your aggregator just as you did with the location for the irinfo.org location above.
- Another good RSS News Feed that you may be interested in is here:
- And this is the code you enter into your aggregator: