RSS(Really Simple Syndication) is becoming a popular method to relay web site newsfeeds easily and quickly to a site. RSS is a lightweight XML format designed for sharing headlines and other Web content. Effectively it is a distributable "What's New" for a site.
All of the OUCS RSS feeds are available to our users. It is possible to subscribe to a single OUCS RSS feed or to them all.
This document will outline how to subscribe to an RSS feed using an 'RSS aware' browser, Mozilla Firefox.
1. Subscribing to RSS feeds using Mozilla Firefox.
Mozilla Firefox is an excellent web browser which is available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. To download a suitable browser for your chosen platform, go to the Mozilla web site.
Firefox comes with a built-in RSS reader, which is suitable for most. RSS comes in many flavours, including RSS 0.9, RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0, and Atom. Mozilla Firefox supports them all. Alternatively, there are many RSS browser extensions available to download from the Mozilla web site if required. Firefox uses a technology called 'Live Bookmarks' that lets you view RSS news and blog headlines in the bookmarks toolbar or bookmarks menu. This enables you to see the latest headlines from any RSS enabled site and to go to the article in question simply by clicking on the headline.
There are two methods for creating a Live Bookmark.
Figure images/rss-icon.gif [RSS icon in firefox]at the right end of the Location textbox or in the bottom right corner of the browser.
Figure images/feedlist.png [List of available feeds]
Figure images/bookmarks.png [Add Bookmarks dialog box]
Addand a bookmark to the newsfeed will be included in your bookmarks.
Figure images/rss-orange.gif [RSS orange icon]or
Figure images/rss-blue.gif [RSS blue icon]on a web page.
Copy Link Location. This will copy the URL of the link to the newsfeed to the clipboard.
Bookmarks Managerwill appear.
New Live Bookmark.
Properties for New Live Bookmarkwill appear.
Nametextbox, replace the text
New Live Bookmarkby some appropriate text indicating the topic of the newsfeed.
textbox and press
Ctrl/Vso that the URL is pasted into the textbox.
Descriptioncan be left empty.
OKand a bookmark to the newsfeed will be included in your bookmarks.
Bookmarks Toolbarfolder found inside the bookmarks listing.
Figure images/toolbarlist.png [RSS icon on browser toolbar]
2. Subscribing to RSS feeds using Thunderbird email client
RSS feeds can be viewed in an 'RSS aware' email programme such as Mozilla Thunderbird. This client is available for a number of different platforms; Windows, Mac and Linux.
Setting up Thunderbird
Account Settingsdialog box
Figure images/account1.png [Account Settings]
Figure images/settings.png [Select Add account button]
New Account boxselect
RSS News and BlogsClick
Figure images/rssacount.png [New Account - select RSS news and blogs]
Figure images/accname.png [Give the account a name]
Figure images/verify.png [Confirm your settings]
Figure images/managefeed.png 
Manage Subscriptionsto open the
Figure images/subscribe.png [RSS subscriptions]
News Feed Propertiesbox appears. Type in the url of the newsfeed e.g. OUCS courses is:
Figure images/feedurl.png [input the url of the feed]
OK. The feed will then be verified before appearing in the newsfeed list.
Figure images/bloglist.png [News feed list]
OKto close the list.
Viewing your feeds
+sign next to the name of your RSS folder to open the list of feeds you are subscribed to.
Figure images/newsitem.png [News item]
Deleting unwanted feeds
Manage Subscriptionspage and click on the name of the feed.
Editbutton to alter the feed url, or press the
Deletebutton to remove the feed from your list.
Figure images/addedfeed.png [Manage Subscriptions]
RSS subscriptionspage by pressing
Delete Folderfrom the options list.