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Experiments Notification System

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It’s an easy way for you to keep up with experiments and information that’s important to you, and helps you avoid the conventional methods of browsing or searching for information on ELS Notification Website.

To read an RSS feed you must subscribe to an RSS feed.

An RSS reader is a small software program that collects and displays RSS feeds. RSS feeds are like Web documents, and you can view them with a variety of readers, much like Web browsers, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

There are many RSS readers available. The one you choose is based on the type of computer you use, what operating system is on your computer, and whether you choose freeware, shareware, or purchased software. The World Wide Web has many sites that can provide reviews and downloads of the software.

There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time. Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.

Windows:

  • RSS Bandit
  • Awasu
  • FeedDemon
  • RSSOwl
  • FeedReader

Mac OS X:

  • ReadKit
  • Shrook
  • NetNewsWire
  • NewsFire
  • Squeet
  • NewsLife

Web:

  • Bloglines
  • NewsGator
  • Microsoft Live
  • My Yahoo

Browser:

  • Mozilla Firefox – maintains a “collection” of popular feed-reader add-ons. You can add them to Firefox directly from the collection page.
  • RSS Subscription Extension adds RSS feed discovery and subscription options to Google Chrome

To Internet Explorer / Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Go to the website that has the feed you want to subscribe to.
  3. Tap or click the Feeds button to discover feeds on the page.
  4. Tap or click a feed (if more than one is available). If only one feed is available, you will go directly to that page.
  5. Tap or click Subscribe to this feed.
  6. Type a name for the feed and select the folder to create the feed in.
  7. Tap or click Subscribe.
  8. The RSS feed is now added to your browser. Click on the RSS feed on the toolbar at any time to read the latest site updates.

To Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” button located on the upper right hand corner.
  3. Hover the mouse cursor over “more tools,” select “Extensions,” and click on “Get more extensions.”
  4. This will lead you to the chrome web store. On the search the store field type “rss feed reader.”
  5. Click the free button
  6. A pop up message will appear, go ahead and click add.
  1. Click on the Group that subscribes to the RSS feed.
  2. Click the “Group Settings” icon to the right of the Group name and click “Subscribe to RSS Feed” from the drop-down menu.
  3. From the RSS feed pop-up box, click the “X” located to the right of the feed you want to remove.
  4. Click the “X” in the top right corner to close window.
  1. Maps/Locations cannot be added to a RSS feed.
  2. Graphics and photos do not appear in RSS feeds.
  3. The identity of the website address can be confusing and difficult to locate.

The easiest way to get a website address, no matter what web browser you are using, is to look at the HTML source of your page.

  1. My browser tries to download the feed when I click the feed’s link.

    Depending upon your browser, this is the correct behavior. More likely than not, your browser is not capable of displaying XML. As the feeds are sent with the correct MIME type, your browser offers to download the file, rather than just displaying the raw content. This is the correct behavior, and your feed should work in a proper feed aggregator.

  2. Safari (Apple) RSS

    Safari RSS does not appear to output a single useful error message. If Safari RSS is having problems with your feed, try the feed in another feed reader first, then try the feed validator. Most often, the feed is invalid, but Safari’s error message doses not leave any clue as to the nature of the problem with the feed. Also, Safari will automatically change the scheme from http to feed. That’s fine, within Safari, but remembers that everywhere else you’re feed RUL’s still need to begin with http.

  3. The feed validator reports I have a missing “description” element.

    Make sure there’s something entered in the “Site slogan” field in your preferences.

  4. My feeds are empty or do not contain the right information.

    Check the “Syndicate?” option, found on the “Sections” tab. Sections that have the “Syndicate?” option turned off will not show up in your feeds.

  5. Use the feed validator if you suspect a feed problem. If the feed validator indicates that your feed is invalid, then please post its messages verbatim in your support request. Also the URL you submit to the feed validator is your feed URL, not your homepage URL. The feed validator does not auto detect feeds.

  6. Post a feed URL. If there’s a specific feed which is malfunctioning, post its URL if at all possible. If you are having problems on an intranet server can you replicate the problem on a public server? It will help those who are troubleshooting to be able to see what’s really going on. Once you post the feed URL it should redirect you to the ELS Notification website's experiments search results page. If you see experiments in search results page but not in your RSS feed please contact ELSDistribution@fcc.gov.

  7. Comments are not syndicated with the other RSS items in the channel. When creating RSS channels and specifying the content that is syndicated, the comments are not included in the resulting feed that subscribers receive. This behavior is intended; at the time of this writing, comment content types cannot be added to the RSS feed data.