Add thousands of Free News Headlines using Servlets and JSP
Intermediate Content Syndication with RSS files
16th November 2001
The most popular content available on the internet, that nearly every website wants to include, are the latest news headlines for their websites area of expertise.
Although many, many types of news headlines can be found in the Freesticky index, alot of websites would still like to have more control and more variety of the headlines they add as content.
For the more technically minded, there are hundreds of websites that freely syndicate their headlines using a protocol known as RSS (Rich Site Summary), it is a form of XML file that can be found on many websites and news headline aggregators (like newsisfree.com).
However, there is now a quick and easy free solution available for any webmaster who can run a J2EE compliant application server like Apache’s Jakarta-Tomcat (also available for free!).
What is RSS?
RSS stands for «Rich Site Summary». It is a defined XML format (or «schema»). It is a format designed to provide easy and consistent syndication of headlines on the Internet. Almost every major media outlet provides syndicated headlines, either for free or on a subscription basis, in RSS format. It has become the media industry standard for syndication.
There are several versions of RSS in use, with the most common being 0.91 and RDF 1.0. Netscape is often credited with inventing RSS for use on their public portal page called My Netscape Network for providing content modules. Other websites such as Slashdot and Userland developed very similar formats that influenced the definition of RSS; examples include the somewhat popular scriptingNews schema.
RSS is not a standard sanctioned by the W3C like XML or HTML. The doctype for RSS is hosted by Netscape, and is maintained by an RSS developer community.
Thankyou Jay for providing such a valuable free tool to the webmaster community!