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RSS Feeds

What is an RSS Feed?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a popular standardized file format used for the delivery of up-to-date web-based content. Most (if not all) content websites today offer RSS feeds to their audiences. These RSS feeds allow audience members to receive content updates from websites and view that content through applications called “RSS readers” as well as other interfaces (e.g. in the form of a Blog).

For more information about RSS feeds, simple enter “RSS” into Google and look at the search results it provides or visit: Wikipedia or What is RSS?.

Why does TCNG use RSS Feeds?

TCNG RSS feeds allow you to access TCNG content in a variety of ways at your convenience.

Using an RSS Reader or by integrating an RSS feed into your blog or other interface, you can access updated TCNG content in the way that works best for you.

TCNG's Employment, Events and Health & Wellness RSS feeds are constantly updated as new postings are published. You can subscribe to the feeds of your choice to stay up-to-date on what opportunities and events are currently happening in Edmonton and beyond.

How can I access RSS feeds?

The most common way to view TCNG or other RSS feeds on your computer is to use an RSS reader (see next FAQ below). Once you have an RSS reader downloaded and installed on your computer, simply copy the RSS feed’s URL and paste it into the appropriate field in your RSS reader.

An alternative to downloading and installing an RSS reader on your computer is to use a Web-based RSS or News reader (e.g. Google Reader - see the step-by-step example ) or to add an RSS feed to an existing web-based widget space that you are already using (e.g. the iGoogle personalized web-space).

How can I get an RSS / news reader?

There are many RSS / news readers available online. Some can be downloaded for free, while for others there is a charge for more customizable options. Furthermore, certain readers will work better on different operating systems. You will need to take these factors into account when you choose your software.

Below is a list of some popular RSS / news reader applications available online. * Please note that these links are provided solely as a convenience for you and should not be seen as an endorsement of these applications by TCNG.

Akregator   Awasu   Cyndicate   Bloglines
BlogBridge   Blog Navigator   NetNewsWire   Feedshow
Bottom Feeder   FeedDemon   NewsFire   Google Reader
Eclipse RSS Reader   NewzCrawler   PixelNews   My Yahoo
Liferea   Omea Reader   Shrook   Newsgator Online
RSS Owl   RSS Reader   Thunderbird   Netvibes
SnowNews   Sharp Reader   Vienna    
Straw   Thunderbird        
Thunderbird rdz            

How can I get RSS feeds on my mobile device?

You can get TCNG or other RSS feeds on your mobile device though a variety of application and services.

If you do have a mobile RSS reader installed on your device, check with your mobile provider to see if they recommend a specific mobile RSS reader or check out the Google Mobile Reader as an option.

Example: TCNG RSS Feeds in Google Reader

Follow the steps below to view and subscribe to a TCNG feed. (*Note: this example uses a Windows operating system and an online Google Reader in a Google Chrome browser. It was not necessary to download a RSS Reader to view the TCNG RSS feed. The images shown may be different to how things look for you and it will be dependent on your computer operating system, browser, the online reader you decide to use. etc. However, the order of the steps taken will be the same and are adaptable to your own set-up.)

1. Click on the RSS button next to one of the TCNG section titles on the TCNG web site:

(The example below was taken from the TCNG Employment Page.)

RSS eg 1


2. A new web page will open in your browser:

The content of the page will be shown in XML code:

RSS eg 2


3. Highlight and copy the URL of the RSS page:

RSS eg 3


4. Open Google Reader in a new browser window.

Note: If you have a Google Account (e.g. you use gMail or other online Google tools), you can select the reader from the drop-down list of your Google Account navigational menu:

Rss eg4


5. Click on "Add a subscription":

RSS eg 5


6. Paste the URL of the TCNG RSS feed (copied at step 3 above) in the drop-down field and click "Add":

Rss eg 6


7. The TCNG feed you selected should open in the main part of the page:

RSS eg 7


8. You can continue subscribing to / adding other TCNG RSS feeds that you are interested in by following steps 5 & 6 above.

In order to view a different TCNG feed, or to quickly open the feed you want when you are using your RSS reader in a new session, click on the feed titles in the list under "Subscriptions":

RSS eg 8



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