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Really Simple Syndication (RSS)

We make much of our latest news, events, consultations available through RSS.

Really Simple Syndication is a format for distributing news content. News sites publish via RSS then individuals and websites automatically get the updated content. Typically, an item in an RSS feed will only contain a title, excerpt or description, and link back to the original content.

RSS uses XML (eXtensible Markup Language) to describe different aspects of an online news item. This site uses version 2.0 of RSS.

How to use RSS

You can use a program called a news reader (or news aggregator) to store the locations of RSS feeds, and each time one is updated – you can easily see what’s new. It saves you visiting web pages on the off-chance anything new has appeared.

Where you can get an RSS newsreader

Popular RSS readers are:

How to add South Gloucestershire Council to your list of feeds

Where you see the orange symbol you can sign up for an RSS feed. Click or copy the address in your browser window. You can follow the instructions provided by your news reader to add this feed to your list.

Publishing the feed on your own web pages

If you have personal web pages, you can use the feed to display our news stories on your own web site. The RSS feeds themselves will need to be changed (or transformed) into HTML before they can be displayed on your site. There are essentially two ways to do this:

  • transform the XML yourself using an appropriate scripting language or stylesheet; and,
  • use a third party tool

When the feeds are updated

We update the RSS news feed as soon as new relevant information is posted to our website. The feeds are never updated before the website since each item in the feeds contains a link back to our website for more information.

As we update our site the feed is updated automatically, and your feed reader will display the headlines with links to the full news stories.

Using the RSS feeds

You can use the RSS feed free for personal or non-commercial purposes only. They can be monitored by anyone with an RSS newsreader and an interest in what’s happening in South Gloucestershire.

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