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RSS Guidelines

RSS 2.0 is the standardized format used as the mechanism to publish content such as blogs, news, podcasts (audio files) and vodcasts (video podcasts) which is frequently updated by the author or content owner.

Users or consumers of the content need an RSS feed reader (also known as an aggregator) to subscribe to and view the "feeds", or published RSS content. The feed is usually a short text item with links to longer versions.

An RSS reader may be a standalone program or a component of a web browser, such as Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer 7. The RSS reader will regularly contact all subscribed feeds and present them to the user without the need for the user to actively seek the updates.

RSS feeds are created using an XML format and published to the web server by the content provider.

An alternative to RSS is the ATOM 1.0 standard, which provides a more flexible publishing format.

No. Checkpoint Source
1.1 The information is presented using simple language Priority 1
1.2 Content is unique, of value to a given audience, and is updated on a regular basis DEECD
1.3 Areas of text are delineated using headings Priority 2
1.4 Links are relevant to the text and the topic DEECD
1.5 Explanatory text is available for each image Priority 1
1.6 The information is usable without JavaScript Priority 1
1.7 Colour and colour contrast have been considered Priority 2
1.8 The document is validated each time it is updated Priority 2
1.9 Place the orange RSS subscribe button in a highly visible location Priority 2
1.10 Use the <link> element to create a relationship between the web page and the RSS feeds Priority 2

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