February 20, 2006
From: Bill Rudman
It is now possible to view the Sea Slug Forum's new messages directly via our RSS news feed. Our feed displays new messages as summaries without images, but the full message with images is only a click away.
What is RSS?
Most of us think that the only way to access websites is to use a browser such as Internet Explorer or Netscape to go to the actual site. However there are other ways that you can access website content. RSS is one such service provided by a growing number of websites which allows you to regularly receive new website content, without having to go to the site. Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is an XML file which can be read by feed reading software. Once you have a program installed you can subscribe to any number of websites that provide RSS feeds and automatically receive updates
How do I get an RSS feed?
To view these newsfeeds you need to install software, which like many nudibranchs, still has a name problem, but can be called a feed reader, news reader, RSS/Atom reader or news aggregator. Some programs are accessed using your web browser, and some are downloadable applications. Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feeds from any computer, while downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail to a particular computer using a program such as Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail. There are many programs available - just search the web for RSS feed reader or other names mentioned above. We can't recommend a particular program but here are a few alternatives which are often listed on RSS enabled sites. Please note that we don't recommend any particular one!
For PC users:
Setting up [or subscribing to] a feed differs from one news reader program to another, but it usually involves copying the URL of the feed and pasting it into the reader. The URL of the Sea Slug Forum feed is http://www.seaslugforum.net/feed.xml
Bill RudmanRudman, W.B., 2006 (Feb 20) Forum now has RSS news feed. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/15722