More News on our RSS Syndication

I mentioned here the other day that Telecom Digest/comp.dcom.telecom is now syndicated. This means we now have an RSS feed in addition to the more standard and somewhat obsolete methods of newsgroup distribution we have enjoyed for many years, including NNTP for Usenet. RSS is a method by which many publications share syndicated news and other articles. We started using RSS a few months ago, with 'modules' from other sources sprinkled through our web site,

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now Telecom Digest is also available as a 'module' for use on other people's web sites as well. For instance, if you happen to like reading news mainly from a single source such as Yahoo or MSN News, our module each day is now displayed on those web sites as well. In both cases, the Telecom Digest / c.d.t. newsgroup module is an optional addition. In both cases, it is not automatically displayed on their web sites; you have to 'subscribe to the module' to have it included.

Where some readers like going around the net from one URL to another to check for news of interest, other readers prefer to see as many headlines as they can at one single location. I do that here, for example, by providing NY Times, NPR news, Christian Science Monitor, AP News, Reuters and other news reports in the section of our daily Telecom Digest called

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The intent is if you wish to make your 'home page' or starting point on your computer each day -- and I hope you would -- you will find news and features from _many different sources_ each day. But just as some of you wish to start out _here_ and use the 'modules' other sites have provided, there are some readers who prefer to start, for example, with Yahoo or MSN and do the same kind of thing, and get their Telecom Digest news in the form of a 'module' on that _other_ site. I of course stress telecommunications news first, with the other modules optional for whoever wants them. Every URL on the net stresses its own area of interest _first_ then allows for optional modules, as called for by readers, to other modules, including, as requested, TELECOM Digest. Really, its your choice.

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is where you will find our RSS feed, for use in your own RSS reader.

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is where you will find a javascript interpretation of our feed, to place Telecom Digest headlines on your own site. (No reason you have to come here to the Digest each day; we can come to you also in this manner.)

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where you go to not only read the latest issue but where you can also go to 'subscribe' (or place the telecom news module) on your 'My Yahoo' or 'My MSN' home pages if you wish to go that way. As other sites come on line with home pages readers themselves construct, telecom will be available to read there also.

I hope you are as enthusiastic about this new delivery method for news as I am.

Patrick Townson

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