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RSS help

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 email messages. This content is called a "feed." Look for this symbol RSS Feed throughout womenshealth.gov to identify content you can view via a RSS 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?

There are many RSS news readers (also called aggregators) available for download from the Internet. Womenshealth.gov does not endorse any particular reader. Some browsers such as the current versions of Firefox and Safari, some email clients such as the current version of Outlook, and some portals like Yahoo or Google offer RSS services for their subscribers. Some feed readers and news aggregators 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:

  1. Click on the link or more likely, the small RSS symbol near the feed you want. Once you do so, you will see a page displaying XML code (the Internet coding language RSS is written in).
  2. From your web browser's address bar, copy the URL (web address).
  3. Paste that URL into the "Add New Channel" or "Add New Feed" section of the reader. The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the headlines for you.

What other RSS feeds are available in government?

USA.gov provides a list of RSS feeds from other federal government agencies.

Content last updated September 15, 2012.

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