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What is RSS?

RSS feed icon 64x64 RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. RSS is used on the University of St Andrews website to share the latest news and events that are frequently updated on the site.

Why use RSS?

RSS allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in without needing to visit each site individually. Now you can have all the latest news delivered directly to your computer in a way that is as quick and easy to use as downloading your e-mail.

How you can use RSS

You will need special software called a Feed Reader or News Aggregator which can check RSS-enabled webpages, such as this one, and display any updated articles that it finds. A variety of RSS Readers are available for different platforms and online.

Web

Browser

Windows

Mac OS X

Linux

Subscribing to RSS feeds

Wherever you see this orange icon you know that you can subscribe to an RSS feed. Some older feeds don't use this icon, but (usually) an orange box with RSS or XML in it. Whichever method you chose the software will allow you to freely subscribe to an RSS feed and display the contents of the feed, often by simply clicking on the orange RSS icon or a link in your browser; see your Feed Reader's help file for details.

The software typically downloads an excerpt of each of the latest news stories from the feeds that you have subscribed to, along with a link to read the full version of the content.

Contact details

St Mary's College
The School of Divinity
University of St Andrews
South Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9JU
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462850
Fax: +44 (0)1334 462852

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