RSS Web Feeds

There are pages on this site which regularly get new content. To allow you to focus on the ones which interest you, there are separate feeds.


Background

RSS (Rich Site Summary) or sometimes "Really Simple Syndication" is a way to provide a list of information on a website which is updated often. The list provides links to recent updates so you can go see what's new.

The RSS icon rss icon implies a broadcast, but you must actually subscribe to a feed with a "client." Subscribing is your decision, so you will only track changes which you hope will interest you. Clients automatically check the feeds to which you subscribe. Firefox has a built-in client called "Live Bookmarks." Most browsers do not have a built-in web feed client.

The basic RSS feed file is a structured list of items which is written in a special text format called XML. You don't want to look at raw XML files unless you are editing them by hand. Fortunately, browsers typically provide a nicely formatted feed display if the site developer has provided appropriate style sheets so the raw XML is not what you see.The following highlighted snip shows the xml code for an item from my clipart feed.

  <item>
      <title>Skateboard</title>
      <link>http://runeman.org/clipart/skateboard.svg</link>
      <description>Skateboard on its own</description>
      <pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:26:00 GMT</pubDate>
  </item>
 

The feed readers are often also called "aggregators" because one client can display dozens of feeds within the same screen. KDE's Plasma comes with Akregator installed, for example. There are many other tools for Ubuntu and other GNU/Linux flavors. If you want to work in the cloud through your browser, there is a service called Feedly. I'm not making recommendations here. For that, try searching for "web feed aggregator" with your search engine.

It is appropriate to give credit for tools used along the way. The bettynbob feed file was originally created using a nice, simple program called ListGarden. I enjoyed using it for several years, but now feel confident enough to add items and change publishing dates within the XML code.

NOTICE: (March 15, 2016) The feed filenames were changed except for the blog. Please re-link in your feed client, as necessary, using the links provided from this page. Initially the feed file names all started as just "rss-feed.xml". It was getting too confusing as I was updating the feeds or as new feed came on line. The individual file names now are more descriptive, rss-clipart.xml, for example. Sorry for the inconvenience. With luck, the update, which came in the first week of new feed availability, will impact only a few people.