RSS is the acronym for Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0), RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9, 1.0 and 1.1) or Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91), depending on the different versions.
RSS technology, which is a variation of the XML (eXtensible Markup Language) programming language, makes it easier to share and distribute Web content in real-time. Using RSS technology, the author or editor of a Web site can make part or all of the content available for publication on another Web site.
An RSS feed is in fact an XML file that reflects some (or all) of the regularly updated content on a Web site. It allows this content to be easily and automatically republished, or consulted, on another Web site or via another medium, such as a mobile device. It is updated as soon as new content is posted. An RSS feed can normally be identified by the orange icons , or .
When you subscribe to an RSS feed, you will be notified in real time when new content has been added to a Web page without even having to visit the Web page itself.
To read the content of an RSS feed, you need an RSS reader or aggregator (see below).
To receive the RSS feed from the Portal, you must first have an RSS reader (also known as feed reader, news reader, feed aggregator or simply aggregator).
An RSS reader is a downloadable software or a Web application (available on-line) that lets you:
The RSS reader decodes RSS feeds and displays the content in a readable manner. It groups together, in a single location, all the RSS feeds you have subscribed to, regardless of their origin. In other words, it allows you to consult, in one place, all new content added to your favourite Web sites so that you do not have to visit the different sites one at a time.
There are various types of RSS readers:
To have access to an RSS feed on your mobile device, you must first verify whether you can access the Internet (mobile Internet) from the device. When in doubt, call your mobile service provider or visit the manufacturer's Web site. Although the Language Portal of Canada's RSS feed is free, you should realize that your service provider may charge user fees for this service (mobile Internet).
Because there are numerous RSS readers available on the Internet, some of which are free, we suggest that you enter "RSS reader" or "RSS aggregator" in your preferred search engine to find the one that best meets your needs.
Once you have chosen your RSS reader, use one of the two following procedures to subscribe to the Portal's RSS feed.
Note: The process may vary depending on the type of RSS reader; if necessary, consult the instructions specific to the RSS reader.
Click the orange icon of the feed.
The feed should now be displayed in your RSS reader.
Each time new content is added to the Language Portal of Canada, your RSS reader will display a message containing all the important elements: title, publication date, short description or summary and link to the full text. Of course, you will have to check your reader occasionally!
You do not have to provide any personal information to subscribe to the Language Portal's RSS feed.
To stop receiving new content from the Language Portal of Canada through the RSS feed, all you need to do is delete the feed (or the URL of the feed) from your RSS reader.
The content of the Language Portal of Canada's RSS feed was produced or assembled by the Translation Bureau, a special operating agency of Public Works and Government Services Canada that manages the Portal, to provide Canadians with direct access to resources that will help them communicate in both official languages.
The content of the Language Portal of Canada's RSS feed is protected under the Copyright Act, by Canadian laws, policies and regulations, and by international agreements. Such provisions serve to identify the information source and, in specific instances, to prohibit reproduction of the content of the feed without written permission.
The information presented in the Language Portal of Canada's RSS feed is distributed with the intent that it be readily available for personal and public non-commercial use and may be reproduced, in part or in whole, and by any means, without charge or further permission of the Translation Bureau. We ask only that:
Reproduction of the content of the Language Portal of Canada's RSS feed, in whole or in part, for the purposes of commercial redistribution, is prohibited except with written permission from Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), the Government of Canada's copyright administrator.
Through the permission-granting process, PWGSC helps to ensure that individuals/organizations wishing to reproduce Government of Canada materials for commercial purposes have access to the most accurate, up-to-date versions.
To obtain permission to reproduce the content of the Language Portal of Canada's RSS feed for commercial use, please contact:
Public Works and Government Services Canada
975 St-Joseph Blvd.
The Translation Bureau may, at its discretion, terminate its RSS service at any time.
If you do not agree to these conditions, you should not consult or use the RSS link on this site.
The Language Portal of Canada is offering this feed on a trial basis. Please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at email@example.com if you are experiencing any difficulties, if you have any suggestions or if you simply wish to let us know that you find this service useful.
Given the wide range of RSS readers, please note that the Language Portal of Canada team cannot offer technical support of any kind. The goal is simply to allow users who prefer the RSS format to use this format instead of the usual browsing method. RSS technology will not necessarily be everyone's preferred technology.
If you are not already using an RSS reader or if you are unfamiliar with the RSS format, you can always subscribe to our E-mail Notification Service.