TTB offers RSS feeds. RSS, an acronym for Really Simple Syndication, is an easy way to get the news you want whenever it is updated, even if you are not on our website.
What is RSS?
The information delivered through RSS is called a "feed" and allows users who subscribe to keep updated on frequently changing content. RSS employs an XML (or eXtensible Markup Language)-based structure that includes a title, date, brief description, and a link to the full text of content.
Feeds can be read through a program called a news reader or aggregator. There are many such news readers or aggregators available, and they can be found in many locations on the World Wide Web.
RSS feeds can be subscribed to using an RSS reader.
Why use RSS?
RSS is an easy way to gather a wide variety of content in one place on your computer. Rather than having to visit many websites to find out if there is new content, the RSS aggregator shows it all to you in one screen. Many RSS readers also "alert" you when new content from your favorite website is delivered. RSS also has the potential for replacing email lists.
Now the content you want can be delivered directly to you without cluttering your inbox with email messages. This content is called a "feed."
What is an RSS Reader?
An RSS reader is a small software program that collects and displays RSS feeds. It allows you to scan headlines from a number of news sources in a central location.
Where can I get an RSS Reader?
Some browsers, such as the current versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari have built-in RSS readers.
For example, with Internet Explorer, the RSS feed icon in your browser's Command Bar will turn from gray to orange if there is an available feed on the page:
If you're using a browser that doesn't currently support RSS, a wide range of RSS readers can be easily downloaded from the Web. Some readers are Web-based while others require you to download a small software program onto your desktop. Most are free to use.
How Do I Use RSS Feeds?
The first step is to choose an RSS reader. Each reader has a slightly different way of adding a new feed (also called a "channel"). Follow the directions for your reader but, in most cases, here's how it works:
- Click on the link (or small RSS button) for the feed you want. For example, TTB News and Events. You'll see a page displaying XML code (hint: the URL, or Web address, will end with ".xml").
- From your Web browser's address bar, copy the URL. For example, the URL you would copy for TTB News and Events is: http://www.ttb.gov/rss/ttb.xml
Paste that URL into the "Add New Channel" section of the reader. The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the headlines for you.