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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 labeled with one of the following icons: XML image or RSS or Alternate image denoting a Really Simple Syndication feed..

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?

Some browsers, such as the current versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Safari have built in RSS readers. If you're using a browser that doesn't currently support RSS, there are a variety of RSS readers available on the web; 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 small XML/RSS button near the feed you want. For example, Regional News Headlines Feed: News From a Regional Perspective. You'll see a page displaying XML code. Be aware that older browsers may display unstyled XML code in a tree format. In that situation, a separate RSS reader would be required.
  • From your web browser's address bar, copy the URL (Web address). For example, the URL you would copy for the Regional News Headlines feed is http://www.doleta.gov/regions/reg05/Pages/r5etaFeed.xml.
  • Paste that URL into the "Add New Channel" section of the reader. The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the headlines for you.
  • Alternatively, the xml page may display a header containing a dropdown menu containing some standard feed aggregators. Standard aggregators/readers include iGoogle, My Yahoo, Bloglines and Live Bookmarks. The dropdown box also allows you to locate any other application you prefer that resides on your PC. The header will also contain a "Subscribe Now" button. After selecting your preferred reader, you then select the subscribe button.

What other RSS feeds are available in government?

The USA.gov website has a list of Government RSS Feeds throughout the federal government.
Other DOL news feeds include the followingL:

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