Learn about RSS

What are news feeds?

RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’ and is basically a way to keep up to date with frequently updated content without having to visit a particular site; the Arts Council offers RSS feeds in order to allow you to see when the site has been updated with new content. When you subscribe to one of the RSS feeds, you can get the latest updates as soon as its published, without having to visit the site

How do I start using feeds?

In order to use the feeds on this site you need a piece of software called a news reader. This checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. Many browsers now have RSS readers integrated into them. There are also many RSS readers which can be downloaded and installed onto your computer.

If you click on one of the RSS buttons below you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader.

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.

Browser Integrated RSS Readers

The latest versions of the Firefox Browser and Internet Explorer have integrated RSS readers

  • Firefox Live Bookmarks
  • Internet Explorer 7 RSS reader

Online RSS Readers

Browser-based online news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, because they are integrated directly into your account with an online service provider such as Google or Yahoo!

  • Google Reader
  • My Yahoo!

Downloadable RSS Readers

The following link provides a list of RSS readers for the most common platforms

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