What is an RSS feed?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication, Rich Site Summary or RDF Site Summary) is a new method of disseminating information over the Internet. Increasingly, it is used on sites whose content is regularly updated:
- information feeds: general news, blogs, sports results;
- discussion feeds: forums, blog commentaries;
- classified ads: job offers, real estate ads, auctions;
- follow-ups: wiki sites, bug managers.
An RSS feed allows subscribers to be informed of site updates.
How to subscribe?
To subscribe to an RSS feed, you must first install a software program commonly known as an "RSS reader" or "Content aggregator". There are dozens of RSS readers. Some, which are accessible via a web browser, are easy to install and are free. Others are autonomous desktop applications offered free of charge or on a fee basis. A search using the keywords "rss reader" will yield several useful links. Here are two links to sites offering this type of software program which may be used free of charge provided that you respect certain conditions. Please note that these links are provided solely as a convenience for you. Québec Portal is not responsible for the content of external sites.
After you have installed the reader, the fun begins. The sites offered by an RSS reader generally display the following icon:
To add a feed to your list of subscriptions, simply click on this icon to display the RSS feed and copy the feed’s URL (http://www...) address into the appropriate field of the RSS reader.
RSS feed Québec Portal: Governmental News
RSS feed for regional portals