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RSS news feeds

What is an RSS news feed?

RSS is otherwise known as Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary.

RSS is an easy way of delivering website content straight to you as soon as it’s available. It helps you save time by automatically letting you know when there’s an update of information from our website. Some other websites offer the same service.

The RSS news feed goes straight to your computer desktop as text and links, which will take you to the latest publication of your choice.

The RSS icon is an orange box with two white curved lines and a white dot in the bottom left-hand corner. Look out for this icon on our website.

To get started, you will need a news reader. Please go to the next section for details.

How do I use an RSS news feed?

The RSS on the home page is for all the latest releases for that particular day, and once you subscribe, you will be sent the updates as soon as they are available.

Click on the RSS icon and you will receive:

  • a release title
  • date of release, and
  • a summary

All you have to do is click the title of the release to go to straight to the content item.

How do I get an RSS news reader

A news reader is a piece of software that helps you to gain information via RSS feeds from our website.

You can choose from a number of different types of news reader. The majority are free to use. Some are accessed using a browser or you can download them.

Go to a search engine and type in ‘free RSS readers’ to find a news reader that is compatible with your computer.

Once you have a news reader, you are ready to subscribe to our RSS news feed. Some news readers need you to drag (or cut and paste) the feed's web address (URL) into the reader, but some will pick up the feeds for you.

Please note: always follow the instructions for your particular news reader.

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