About this blog..

This is a blog that I started in April 2006, just after I first put on my bogu (kendo armour). It collects the advices given by more experienced kendo practitioners as well as those from my own experiences. Both technical and the mental aspects of kendo are written in the blog. I hope someone will find them useful or interesting at least!

Saturday, January 01, 2005

What is RSS feed and how to subscribe?

I apologize for this non-kendo related post. This is for the site features and future reference only. Note that the real date of this post is 8th July 2007.
What is RSS/Atom Feed?
RSS or Atom are technologies to make easy the transfer of information across different platforms. It makes the information on a web site or a blog machine-readable, so by using a third party program one can manage and be kept up-to-date with the informations posts on these web sites.

How to subscribe to a site with RSS/Atom?
First to make sure the web site you want to subscribe to supports RSS/Atom, look if one of the icons at the top-left exits. Some publishers prefer to use just a plain text link saying something like, "Site Feed" or "Subscribe in reader". They are all the same thing.

The second thing you'll need is a "reader" or, sometimes called, a "aggregator". This is the device with which you can read and manage the news websites or the blogs you subscribed to. You can either download these programs, most of the time for free (for example, FeedReader and Omea Reader), or use online based readers such as, Google Reader, and Bloglines, etc. My Yahoo also has integrated feed reader. I recommend Google Reader to start out with. It's probably the only one you'll ever need.

Once you have the reader, you want to subscribe. Simply go to the web site you want to subscribe, and click on the feed icon or the link described previously. This will take you to a much simpler page with the same content. This is essentially what you are subscribing to. Copy the address of this page, and add it to your reader. Now you're done! You'll get notified if there is a new post on your subscribed website.

For example, click on the icon on the side bar of my blog. (By all means ha ha. ;-D)

The rest depends on the functionality of your feed reader. But basically it's like the newspapers being delivered to your door, free of charge!

To know more, visit wikipedia.org, and search for web feed, RSS or Atom.

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