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Really Simple Syndication or Subscription (RSS)
Really Simple Syndication or Subscription (RSS) is a different way to get E-Bulletin articles, and soon, much more from the Commissioned Corps Management Information System (CCMIS) Web site. The editors of the E-Bulletin have created what is called an RSS feed. This will allow our audience to subscribe to the E-Bulletin using an RSS reader (free software that is available from many sources on the Internet). Once subscribed, the reader will keep an eye on the E-Bulletin and let you know when new articles are posted. Each article will have a description and a link to the full article on the CCMIS Web site.
The procedure to subscribe is fairly simple. First, working with your Information Systems security folks, find an RSS reader and have it installed on your computer if your security rules permit. If not, you will have to do this at home. Many readers are available; some are listed at the RSS specifications Web site (http://www.rss-specifications.com). Other sites or readers may be found using an Internet search engine.
Follow the reader’s instructions for subscribing to an RSS feed. In most cases this will require entering the URL (Web page address) into the “add subscription” box on the reader. The E-Bulletin URL is: http://dcp.psc.gov/ccbulletin/ccBulletinrss.xml. If you actually go to that page, you will see a somewhat confusing document that is written in a specific way for the RSS reader to get the information, so don’t try to read it.
That’s pretty much it. You can use the same RSS reader to subscribe to many other feeds from newspapers, technical sites, and more. Most Web sites supporting RSS will have a little picture with the letters RSS in it (blue or orange are the accepted colors). If you click on the picture, it will take you to a page like the one described above. There, just copy and paste the URL into the reader’s “add new subscription” box. If you go to the E-Bulletin main page, you will see an example. We will be adding a feed for the CCMIS main page and the “what’s new” page in the near future.
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