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Balkan Holidays RSS Feeds

Our RSS content can be read using software called a 'feed reader' or an 'aggregator'. You may subscribe to our feeds by entering the feed's link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. Your reader checks subscribed feeds regularly for new content and downloading any updates that it finds.


RSS is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. An RSS document, which is called a 'feed', 'web feed', or 'channel', contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that's easier than checking them manually.

RSS is a Web content syndication format. Its name is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication.

RSS is a dialect of XML. All RSS files must conform to the XML 1.0 specification, as published on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) website.


How Do I Read the Feed?

RSS is just another language of the web, but you can actually completely ignore the code itself, just like you can ignore the source code behind web pages that you visit - you are only interested in the end product that the code is designed to produce for you, the end user.

In the case of RSS, that end product is up to date news on the topics you are interested in.

So how do you 'subscribe' to an RSS feed? The important bit is what is in the browser address (or location) bar after clicking the feed button, i.e. the bit at the top of your browser window that usually starts with '//...' and tells you the web address of the page you are visiting.

After clicking the RSS (or XML, etc.) button, you need to copy that address - it's that address that you need to 'plug' into what is generally known as a 'news reader'.


Feed Reader Choices

News readers allow you to keep updated with the feeds that you are subscribed to. There are several to choose from - some involve downloading some software, some involve visiting a web site, some are free, and some require a small investment.

Once you have chosen a particular news reader, you simply take that address that you have copied, and, following the instructions provided with the news reader to subscribe to, or add a new feed, simply paste it in - the reader will take care of the rest, and keep you updated with your new feed. Once you have done it once, you will see just how simple it really is.

A feed reader, or aggregator, is an application that runs in the background, always searching for updates, never sleeping. Currently, there are three types of readers - standalone, add-ons and built-in web feed readers.

A standalone reader is just that. It stands alone and processes your feeds for you. It is your news hunter and gatherer. A standalone application, such as FeedDemon, is customizable for your specific needs and hasn't already been polluted with links set up by someone else. You also have the ability to access your feeds while offline. The drawback here, is that it is yet another program that you have to open on your desktop.

Web-based feed readers are built right into a browser, requiring no special software installation. The Mozilla Firefox browser, for example, automatically enables you to add RSS feeds to your Favorites folder creating 'Live Bookmarks'. Apple Computer added RSS support in the version of Safari bundled with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Microsoft also has RSS support in the works for IE7 for Windows XP.

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