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FeedSweep Dictionary of Terms

Summary: A collection of terms found throughout the FeedSweep web site

Is a collection of news headlines, blogs and podcasts that you want to display in a single location.  FeedSweep displays the information you have collected when you select more than one feed while creating a Basic FeedSweep, or when you type in more than one feed URL while creating an Advanced FeedSweep.

Atom uses XML (Extensible Markup Language) to format content that can be published and read on the Web.   Atom is an alternative/competitor to RSS.

A short form for Web log, a blog is a personal web page that is often used as an online diary or to publish articles from aspiring authors.  Blogs are often interactive providing the reader the ability to leave comments.

A virtual path or pipeline used to pass information from one source to another.

Class Name
Used in programming, a class is a category of objects.  Think of a class as the name of a file.  The documents within that file would be identified as objects.

When used in the term ‘cloud computing’ a cloud is a virtual space where messages are passed through, decoded and displayed in your web page. The software required to display these messages is called from the cloud not your servers. The web would be considered a cloud where information is requested from billions of servers around the world and displayed using software that has been installed on your PC.  With cloud computing PC’s do not require software to be loaded on a PC but rather access the technologies on the web or through a web site.

A set of computer instructions or symbols designed to execute a task or create an event.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a template used to define how elements of a Web page will be displayed.

Dynamic Content
Content that changes regularly.

Dynamic Feed
A feed that is regularly updated and is usually created through an automated means. A hand created feed is not dynamic. 

The term “feed” originated from Microsoft and refers to syndication of information using either RSS or Atom.  The word “feed” is often used instead of, or tacked on the end of, the terms RSS and Atom. Feed, whether RSS or Atom, is used to describe how frequently updated content is distributed. A feed often contains a summary of web content with a link to the full version.  

FeedSweep is a Cloud Computing service that pulls news and content from any Internet "feed" source and incorporates it to your web page or blog. It allows you to display constantly-updated news or information from an RSS, Atom or RDF feed without any manual updates on your behalf. Set it and forget it!

An online discussion group where participants can exchange messages.

Short for HyperText Markup Language, HTML is a system used to define the structure and layout of Web pages.

A scripting language developed by Netscape, JavaScript is used by programmers to display dynamic content on web sites.

A resource library for programmers is used to access information to build and deploy applications within a program.                    

News Services
Applications used to display news and information without having to go directly to the source.  Desktop alerts, podcasts, email, PDAs and now FeedSweep are news services that will deliver these messages.

Pipe line
A virtual path created to send information across the Web.

Short for ‘Picture Element’, a pixel is a single point in a graphic image.

Podcast is similar in nature to Feeds. Both deliver regularly updated content.  Feeds deliver content in a text or visual format to a computer screen. Podcasts deliver content to an iPod or other audio device. Podcasts uses a set of subscriptions that are check regularly for updates where as Feeds use syndication that is checked regularly for updates. Most podcasts use the RSS protocol.

Short for ‘Resource Description Framework’, RDF is a set of instructions designed to allow developers to build search engines for Internet users to share Web site information more readily. Along with RSS and Atom, RDF is another format for feeds.

RSS is used to publish frequently updated content to the web.  Often referred to as a feed or web feed, RSS can be read using a feed reader a newser version of most browsers or on a web page.

A set of instructions created and used by programmers to display and perform events on a web page. Most scripts are not compiled but interpreted an as such, are considered more of a light-weight programming technique.

Static Feed
A feed where the content does not change in an automatic fashion - usually hand created.

Sweeping Coverage
Much like Mom’s kitchen broom - it picks up everything in its path and deposits it in one location.

Web syndication refers to making web feeds available from a site in order to provide other people with a summary of the website’s recently added content (for example news).

Syndication Studio
Syndication Studio offers a robust and easy-to-use Windows-based application for creating news feeds. The application supports every major format, includes a built-in validator, and can convert feeds from one format to another. It includes a project-based system for unifying an organization's "syndication strategy," under common, shared content and format decisions.

Widgets are small programs which are written to make an application or service perform in a specific way.  They allow users to access applications without an in-depth knowledge of what is happening behind the scenes.  

Short for Extensible Markup Language, XML is a mechanism to identify structure in a document. The XML specification defines a standard way to add structure to documents.

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