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RSS FaQ

RSS - Really Simple Syndication

  1. What is an Rss feed?
  2. Finding RSS Feeds

Subscribing to RSS Feeds

  1. Adding RSS feed in Internet Explorer
  2. Adding RSS feed in Outlook 2007
  3. Adding RSS feed in Outlook 2003, 2002, or 2000
  4. Adding RSS feed from an Email Invitation
  5. Adding RSS feed to students' @Mavs email account
  6. Adding RSS feed in Entourage
  7. Adding RSS feed in Mozilla Firefox browser
  8. Adding RSS feed in Safari browser
  9. Adding RSS feed on iPhone
  10. Adding RSS feed on a UTA Maverick Blog

RSS - Really Simple Syndication

Question: What is an Rss feed?

RSS Feeds were originally invented by Netscape back when they tried to get into the portal business. RSS feeds are in XML format and are used quite frequently with blogs on the web. An Rss feed can contain text information, a blog entry title, url links, headlines, and other information associated with a blog. RSS provides a convenient way for content publishers to distribute information in a standardized format (XML). RSS feeds work with Microsoft Office Outlook 2007. An example of RSS content is sources of information such as news headlines or web blogs that are frequently updated. The benefit of RSS is that information can be in one place from multiple web sources. 

Question: Finding RSS Feeds
A user can discover new RSS feeds in several ways. On web sites that offer this feature, a user might see the !rss1.JPG! icon, !rss2.JPG! icon, or by clicking on a XML icon. In some web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, when the user clicks these buttons, the user can subscribe to the associated feed. In Outlook 2007, the user can also subscribe to an RSS feed directly in Outlook 2007 by entering the internet address (as known as the URL). Other users can share an individual Rss feed with another user through Outlook 2007 also.

Subscribing to RSS Feeds

Question: Adding RSS feed in Internet Explorer

On the web page or blog, use the RSS icon. A list of all available RSS Feeds on the web page is displayed. Click the feed desired to add the feed.

Question: Adding RSS feed in Outlook 2007
Click to open the Tools menu, click Account Settings. On RSS Feeds tab, click New. In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type or press CONTROL+V to paste the URL of the RSS feed. Click add then click OK.

Question: Adding RSS feed in Outlook 2003, 2002, or 2000
RSS and Atom feeds is not supported using these versions of Outlook for direct access or displaying RSS or Atom content. However, there are add-ons by third-party companies that incorporate RSS and Atom viewing in Outlook in these versions.

Question: Adding RSS feed from an Email Invitation
Simply click the add feed button or link in the email invitation.

Question: Adding RSS feed to students' @Mavs email account

Students cannot add or subscribe to an Rss feed directly from their @mavs email account via a web browser. However, they have a couple of options for adding a new Rss feed:

  1. Setup @mavs email in Outlook 2007 and add new feed from Outlook 2007 software (see above for instructions)
  2. Subscribe to an Rss feed from the blog or website itself. The Microsoft software, Windows Live, can also be used to access @mavs email and to setup Rss feeds. This software can be downloaded from http://download.live.com/.


Question: Adding RSS feed in Entourage
Unfortunately, Rss feeds are not supported in Entourage.

Question: Adding RSS feed in Mozilla Firefox browser
Use the Rss icon shown next to the web site with Rss feed, then follow the steps prompted.

Question: Adding RSS feed in Safari browser
In version 3Adding RSS feed on iPhone and 4, go to the web site or blog, then select the blue RSS icon to subscribe.

Question: Adding RSS feed on iPhone
User should use a mobile browser to add an Rss feed.

Question: Adding RSS feed on a UTA Maverick Blog
Refer to http://blog.uta.edu/faq/ for assistance.