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What is RSS?

Rich Site Summary (or Really Simple Syndication) is an XML-based format for content distribution. Below, Born Abroad is offering an RSS and JavaScript feed with headlines, descriptions and links back to this GuideSite for the full story. This allows you to easily feature or check out the latest headlines from About.

There are two main ways to take advantage of these feeds. First, you can use them to feature the latest headlines from About on your Web site. All you have to do is paste a short snippet of JavaScript into the code of your page. Here's how:

A) Simple Version:

  1. Cut and paste the following lines of JavaScript into your html page:

    <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">ShowHeadlines(10);</script>
  2. Optional: You can control the number of links that are displayed on your site by changing the number shown here:
    <script type="text/javascript">ShowHeadlines(10);</script>

B) Advanced Version:

For people who want to write their own display html using JavaScript...

  1. Cut and paste the following block of JavaScript into your html page:

    <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
    function Items(t,u,d){while(d.indexOf("\"")!=-1){d=d.replace("\"","");}
    document.writeln('<a href="'+u+'" title="'+d+'">'+t+'</a><br>')}
    function ShowHeadlines(c){
    var i=0;                      //counter
    var l=this.zIBlgI.length-1;   //length of the item array
    c=(c)?(c*3)-1:29;               //calculate how many links to display[default 10] 
    if(c&&l;>c)l=c;                //make sure items to display is less than number of items
    var h;
    h=('<a href="">')
    h=('<img src="" border=0></a><br>')
    h+=(' <a href="'+zIBlg[1]+'">'+zIBlg[0]+'</a><br>')
    h+=('Read the current <a href="">Born Abroad</a> Headlines:<br>')
  2. Write/Modify the ShowHeadlines function to customize your display of the data.

That takes care of easily displaying these feeds on your Web site.

Next, let's move onto another use of RSS, and that's news aggregation.

Using one of the many popular news aggregators (see below for links), you can have the latest headlines from this GuideSite (or any other site with an RSS feed) delivered directly to your desktop. This makes checking out your favorite sites quick and easy.

NameRDF locationRSS locationDescription
Immigration IssuesxmlxmlMost recent Immigration Issues Headlines

If you're interested in reading more on RSS, try What is RSS and How Do You Use It? or Sharing Your Site with RSS or the RSS specification.

Feedster and have a large directory of available feeds. There are many newsreader applications which use RSS files. Here are some popular ones:

If you decide to syndicate any About sites, we'd appreciate attribution to Born Abroad, either as text ("from Born Abroad") or with our logo. These feeds are free to use, but we ask that you do not publish the full text of our articles. Please click on the orange XML button above to get the feed for this GuideSite.

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