RSS (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) is a format to regularly review changing web content. An RSS feed allows you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest information in one place, as soon as it's published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.
The content from the RSS feed can be viewed using the latest web browsers, news reader software and email clients such as MS Outlook 2007, or can be embedded into an HTML webpage.
How to use RSS feeds
The latest web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer 7 and above, Safari and Google Chrome automatically check for feeds when you visit a website and display the orange RSS icon when they find one. Many allow you to add RSS feeds as a browser favourite or bookmark folder, automatically updating them with the latest content.
Web-based news readers check feeds and display new content that has been added. Examples include Google Reader (opens new window), My Yahoo (opens new window), Newsgator (opens new window) and Feedzilla (opens new window). You can access your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, making this option useful if you want to access the feeds from multiple computers or devices.
Some email software allows you to read RSS feeds - examples include Microsoft Outlook (opens new window) for PCs or Apple Mail (opens new window) for Macs. Dedicated news reader software allows you to download and install the software on your computer - examples include Awasu (opens new window), Feed Demon (opens new window) and Newz Crawler (opens new window) for PCs, or Net News Wire (opens new window) and Newsfire (opens new window) for Macs.
Display RSS content within your webpage
An organisation’s web team can take an RSS feed and repurpose the content within their website. This reduces the need to link to another website with the possibility of losing the user. The need to input duplicate information into another website is also reduced and information is kept up-to-date.
To display the content of the RSS feed within your webpage you may need to refer to your Content Management System (CMS) documentation or contact your web developer. An example of free web software is WordPress which has a guide on importing and displaying RSS feeds (opens new window).
Thames Valley Police RSS feeds
Using Thames Valley Police RSS on your website
You can use Thames Valley Police RSS on your website under the following conditions:
- The RSS button should be accompanied by text that reads ‘Thames Valley Police RSS feed’ or ‘thamesvalley.police.uk RSS feed’.
- You may not use any Thames Valley Police logo or image.
We reserve the right to prevent the distribution of Thames Valley Police content. Thames Valley Police does not accept any liability for its feeds.