RSS Feeds

RSS is a way of bringing fresh content—such as FamilyEducation's daily features—directly to your desktop. To access RSS content, or "feeds," you first need to install a newsreader. Then you can link to any of the subjects to the right by simply dragging the XML icon into your newsreader.

Webmasters with compatible server software can use these RSS feeds to add FamilyEducation daily features to their Web site.

About RSS

Depending on who you ask, RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" or "Rich Site Summary." Either way, RSS is a quick way for computers to exchange information such as news summaries and other frequently updated content. Content can be fetched from the provider by software on your computer (a newsreader), by other web servers, and even by handheld devices.

The RSS feed is indicated by an orange RSS feed button which gives you the XML link address to enter into your newsreader. Drag that link into your newsreader instead of clicking on it—while XML is great for computers, most humans find it a lot harder to read.

Getting a Newsreader

For your convenience we have listed several newsreaders below. To find more just look for "rss reader" on any search engine.

  • SharpReader (Windows, if the .NET extensions are installed)
  • FeedDemon (Windows)
  • NewzCrawler (Windows)
  • NetNewsWire
  • Straw (Linux/Unix with GTK)
  • The latest Opera web browser supports RSS, and is available in free versions for Windows, MacOS, Linux, and other operating systems.
  • Bloglines and NewsIsFree are websites that let you select RSS feeds and display them in your own custom web page.

Configuring a Reader to Use FamilyEducation Feeds

While each newsreader has its own means of configuration, here are some tips to get you started.

Drag & Drop

Most newsreaders allow you to drag and drop the XML button from your browser. Some will not let you drop the icon anywhere in the application, but require that you use the address bar, for example.

Manually Enter the RSS Address

Almost all newsreaders support some means of entering the RSS address into a dialog or address bar. You may type it by hand, copy the address from the address bar of the feed page, or select "copy shortcut" from the context menu of the XML button (i.e., right-click menu).


In newsreaders that support autodiscovery, the address of the web page alone will work, as long as there is an RSS feed for that page. For instance, if you drag the favorites icon from the address bar you should see the RSS feed, if your newsreader supports this feature (some applications will launch a subscription dialog, others will give you the option of subscribing after you have previewed the RSS feed).

Individual Subscriptions

RSS Feeds from Infoplease

Get RSS feeds from our sister site, Infoplease, with these links.

Webmaster Information

Using FamilyEducation RSS on your website


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