This tutorial is an introdution to Really Simple Syndication (RSS).
It guides you, step-by-step, through the basics of RSS and gives you working examples so you can see it in action. This tutorial follows the mantra that the best way to learn is to do. So you will be creating your own RSS files by hand.
Who should use this tutorial?
This tutorial is mostly meant for beginners to RSS (i.e., those with no or very little prior RSS experience). However, those experienced with RSS may also find this useful as an aid in filling in any missing information about RSS that they were not aware of; or as a refresher guide.
This is some markup with <b>bold</b> tags.
If you are comfortable with that, you should have no problem learning RSS. (The example code above is an example of mark up.)
NOTE: If you are NOT a web developer and do NOT want to become one, then this tutorial is NOT for you. You need to be comfortable with creating mark up, like the example above to be able to effectively use this tutorial.
What do you need before you start?
To get the most from this tutorial, you need a text editor and an RSS reader. And you must also know how to use each of these.
NOTE: A word processor is not a text editor. If you use a word process you MUST make sure to save your RSS files in a (pure and plain) text format.
If you do not want to create the RSS files in this tutorial, then you can just read the tutorial and look at the pictures, but that is a less effective way for you to learn. (Trust me, you'll retain the information more and absorb it better if you create the RSS files yourself.)
How to use this tutorial
Although each page is in this tutorial has been written so that it can act as a stand alone tutorial. It does assume that you already posses the knowledge of the information taught in previous pages in this tutorial. So, you may jump to any point in the tutorial that you wish, but if you are truly an RSS beginner, it is suggested that you read this tutorial in order.