What is RSS?
In plain English, RSS is a way of providing content information to other sites that wish to summarize or link to your site in an automated fashion. rssboard.org defines it as:
RSS is a Web content syndication format.
Many online journals, blogs, and news sites provide RSS feeds to their information so that other journals, blogs, and news sites can include links to recent entries or news stories from other sites.
Its name is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication.
Where can I get an RSS feed for a JournalScape journal?
JournalScape offers RSS 0.91, 1.0, and 2.0 feeds on every journal at the following URLs:
RSS feeds are also available at the following commonly used locations, but the version served at these locations may change in the future as new versions of the specification are released:
- http://www.journalscape.com/nickname/rss.xml (2.0 feed)
- http://www.journalscape.com/nickname/index.xml (2.0 feed)
- http://www.journalscape.com/nickname/rdf.xml (1.0 feed)
- http://www.journalscape.com/nickname/index.rdf (1.0 feed)
For example, the RSS 2.0 feed for:
can be found at
RSS Tags Specific to JournalScape
RSS 1.0 and RSS 2.0 allow definition of custom RSS tags within an XML namespace and JournalScape takes advantage of this feature in the following ways:
||The location of documenation on this RSS feed (this page). This element is included in the RSS 1.0 feed only because the 2.0 feed has a built in element for this already.
||The URL to the Comments Page of the corresponding Journal Entry. This is the same as the comments element in RSS 2.0, but that element does not exist in 1.0. Slashdot offers one in their namespace, but it lacks the other features we wanted at JournalScape so we encorporated this ourselves.
||The number of comments posted on this Journal entry.
||A suggested link title for the js:comment_link. This is offered to make it easy to render a link to the comments page that includes the number of comments available.