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Healthy Caribbean Coalition - RSS Feeds

What Is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It's an easy way for you to keep up with news and information that's important to you, and helps you avoid the conventional methods of browsing or searching for information on websites. Now the content you want can be delivered directly to you without cluttering your inbox with e-mail messages. This content is called a "feed."

RSS is written in the Internet coding language known as XML (eXtensible Markup Language), which is why you see RSS buttons commonly labelled with this icon:XML Feeds

What Is an RSS Reader?

An RSS reader is a small software program that collects and displays RSS feeds. It allows you to scan headlines from a number of news sources in a central location.

Where Can I Get an RSS Reader?

HCC does not endorse any particular reader. Some browsers such as the Firefox and Safari as well as some portals like Yahoo offer RSS services for their subscribers. Typing "RSS News Reader" into your favourite search engine will give you a wide choice of feed readers and news aggregators. Some are free to download and others are available for purchase.

How Do I Use RSS Feeds?

The first step is to choose an RSS reader. Each reader has a slightly different way of adding a new feed, also called a "channel." Follow the directions for your reader but, in most cases, here's how it works:

  • Click on the link or more likely, the small XML button near the feed you want. Once you do so, you will see a page displaying XML code. - Example: HCC Featured MediaXML Feeds
  • From your web browser's address bar, copy the URL (web address). For example, the URL you would copy for the HCC Featured Media is: http://www.archive.healthycaribbean.org/rss/featuredmedia.xml
  • Paste that URL into the "Add New Channel" or “Add New Feed” section of the reader. The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the headlines for you.