Rich site summary (RSS) is a type of XML document used to share Web contents. Originally designed by Netscape (http://www.netscape.com) to create customize Web channels, RSS has been adopted by news syndication services, Weblogs, Webcasting and online information services. RSS is thus also known as “Really Simple Syndication”. While around for many years, it is now quickly gaining momentum owing to RSS’s active “content-push” technology. RSS is also attractive because of the growing problems of spam making e-mail content delivery extremely challenging. As the data is in XML, RSS information can be handled by a large number of devices. The strength of RSS is its simplicity and universality. It is exceptionally easy to syndicate and deliver site content using RSS; and it is also very easy for the users to read RSS data feeds.
Key Terms in this Chapter
W3C: W3C, or World Wide Web Consortium, is an international forum for specifications and guidelines aiming at the development of interoperable technologies, leading the Web to the realization of its full potential.
Plug-In: An independent hardware or software module that adds a specific feature or service to a larger system without requiring modifications to the system itself.
Syndication: Syndication is when a network buys a television show and airs it repeatedly. Web syndication is when a Web site makes available its content for other sites to use by providing a Web feeds with a summary of the site’s content.
IETF: IETF, or Internet Engineering Task Force, is a large international community with open membership of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerning with the evolution of the Internet architecture and its standards.
1-1 Algorithm: The basic algorithm to solve the beer game. Each supply level orders as much as has been ordered from him regardless of stock levels.
Universality: The principle that a general purpose computer can be programmed to perform the function of any other computer. Universality enables computers to rapidly and easily adapt to new Web technology and standards.
Search Engine: A software program that searches a database and gathers and reports information related to specified terms. A search engine allows users to find online information by asking a question, entering a phrase, or giving a key word.
Metadata: Metadata can be broadly defined as “data about data”. It is descriptive information about a given set of data, specifying such things as the data’s format, meaning and identifiers.
XML: XML, or Extensible Markup Language, is a markup language for documents containing structured information. XML is a key technology in Web application interface allowing cross-platform, extensible, and text-based standard for representing data.
Blog: A blog, or Weblog, is a Web site where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order. Typically, blogs are commentary or news on a particular subject, ranging from food to politics.