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Postby admin » Fri Aug 18, 2006 5:00 am

What is RSS ?

RSS is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication. It is a quick and easy way to create and use "syndicated content". It is usually used for news headlines and announcements. Allo' Expat uses RSS to deliver Forum and Topic updates previews to you.

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Find your News Aggregator

The easiest way to experience RSS is through an RSS "newsreader" or "aggregator". This will provide simple ways to read it by fetching and organizing recent content. You will find below a list of free RSS clients.

BlogExpress - Windows Providing a familiar, usable interface and high-usability; BlogExpress stands out as an invaluable tool for those getting started with RSS.

SharpReader – Windows While it doesn't provide the myriad of features found in bigger, more expensive clients; it does the job and does it well.

FeedReader - Windows 98 With more advanced features and options, it will keep geeks satisfied while giving more growth-room for newbies.

NetNewsWire Lite - Mac OS While not as powerful as its big brother, this is the cleanest and most elegant RSS reader for the Mac platform.

Lifera - Linux with Gnome 2 Lifera is sure to please the Linux community with its simple, clean, and effective interface and features.

You can also use some browser like Firefox to read your RSS Files.

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Import your Feeds

You then have to locate the web address (url) of the RSS feed (XML file) that you wish to subscribe. In Allo' Expat it is the hereafter button which is on all Forums.

Choose the one you'd like to receive info for and copy and paste the link into the appropriate section of your RSS reader. You can try to right-click the link and select "copy target address" or something similar. Please consult the documentation for your RSS reader for more information.

Receive & read

The feeds on this site will update you on the latest activity in certain Allo' Expat Forums, sections or posts. Individual RSS readers will present you the information differently and you can usually customize them easily.

Enjoy !!

You will not have to come to Allo' Expat and find that there has been no activity, you just have to wait to be updated and receive the summary directly. You can also add RSS feeds from other sites, blogs or any other internet source very easily.
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New RSS Facility - Beta

Postby admin » Wed Aug 30, 2006 2:51 am

As explained in the hereabove post, Firefox & other RSS ready browser enables you to benefit from RSS user-friendly facilities. To know more about them, you can read the hereafter explanation:

Since public release 1.0 (also known as version 0.10) Mozilla Firefox has a very nice feature: Live Bookmarks. With Live Bookmarks you can see the item titles of an RSS web feed ("headlines") in your bookmarks. This way you can stay in touch with sites without visiting them all the time.


How to create a Live Bookmark

Subscribing to an RSS web feed is as simple as creating a so called Live Bookmark. And to make life even easier Firefox can auto detect some feeds, and provide a shortcut for subscribing.
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When you visit a site and you see the orange icon in the bottom right part of the Mozilla Firefox browser window (the status bar), or if you are using version 1.5 or newer, in the right most part of the address bar.
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You can add the feed(s) by clicking the orange icon and subscribing to one. If there is more then one RSS feed, Firefox shows a list from which you can pick one.
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The Add Bookmark (Add Live Bookmark for 1.5 and newer) dialog appears and you can add the Live Bookmark.
http://johnbokma.com/firefox/add-live-bookmark.png

I prefer to add the Live bookmarks to the Bookmarks Toolbar Folder, normally shown under the navigation toolbar, so I can have a quick peek at recent events with just one mouse click.
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Manually subscribing to an RSS feed

If a site has an RSS feed, but the orange icon doesn't show up, you can add the feed manually. Select "New Live Bookmark..." in the Bookmarks Manager and enter the URL and other information of the feed.



Source for the manual: Johnbokma.com RSS and live bookmark


We hope you this will ease your navigation and that you will enjoy it :wink:
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