How to use RSS Feeds

Guidance on accessing updates using RSS News Feeds

The CAA uses RSS Feeds so that you can be alerted to changes and updates about specific subjects. 

In order to receive updates from a feed you will need something called a news reader. This is a piece of software that checks RSS feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added to them. There are many different versions, some of which can be accessed using a browser, and others that are require downloading.

Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail.  

Once you have chosen a news reader, you can then decide what content you want to receive and select one or more RSS feeds.

You can select a feed by:

  • Dragging the URL of the RSS feed into your news reader
  • Cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader.

Most sites that offer RSS feeds use a similar orange RSS button, but some may just have a normal web link to the feed.

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for RSS feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to RSS feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.

How do I get a News Reader?

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.

Identify a suitable news reader or speak to your IT Department who may either have a preferred news reader product, or already provide a centralised mechanism for displaying RSS content on your intranet.