Real Simple Syndication - RSS

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Definition: Real Simple Syndication - RSS

RSS, Real Simple Syndication, uses a standard web feed (a data format used for providing users with frequently updated content) formats to publish or issue the frequently updated information likes news headline, audio, video and blog entries.

The format of RSS also includes the publishing date and author’s name.

For compatibility with different programs, it uses the standard XML file.


The benefit of RSS is that it removes the need of manual checking and also RSS browsers constantly monitor the site for giving regular, updated report and download the updated data for the users.

The software of RSS can be desktop based, web based or mobile device based.

RSS variants:

• RSS 1.*: It include

- RSS 0.90

- RSS 1.0

- RSS 1.1

• RSS 2.*: It includes

- RSS 0.91

- RSS 0.92

- RSS 2.0.1

RSS Modules:

The purpose of all RSS modules is to extend the basic XML schema established for more robust syndication of content.

Some RSS modules are:

• Media RSS 2.0 Module

• OpenSearch RSS 2.0 Module

• Dublin Core RSS 1.0 Module

• Syndication RSS 1.0 Module

• Content RSS 1.0 Module



RSS Document:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?>

<rss version="2.0">


<title>ABC Company Home Page</title>


<description>Free web building tutorials</description>


<title>RSS Tutorial</title>


<description>New RSS tutorial on ABC</description>



<title>XML Tutorial</title>


<description>New XML tutorial on abc</description>





Hence, this concludes the definition of Real Simple Syndication - RSS along with its overview.

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