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News feeds from the Isle of Man Government

What are News Feeds?

News feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest headlines in one place, as soon as it’s published, without having to visit the website you have taken the feed from. This allows you to monitor the headlines and short text descriptions from several news-rich sites in one location.

Feeds are also known as RSS or 'Really Simple Syndication'. It's an XML file that can be read by special feed reading software or a web service you can use from your web browser.

How do I start using feeds?

The first thing you need is something called a news reader. This is a piece of software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications.

Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer; similar to a web-based service such Hotmail or Yahoo. Whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you download your e-mail using Outlook.

Once you have chosen a news reader, you can decide what content you want it to receive. For example, if you would like the latest Isle of Man Government DHSS news, simply visit the DHSS news page and you will notice an orange RSS button at the base of the page.

If you click on the button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader.

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.

How do I get a news reader?

There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time.

Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer. Some are freeware; others have a small licensing cost.

The Isle of Man Government is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Using Isle of Man Government News feeds on your site

We encourage the use of Isle of Man Government News feeds as part of any website; however, we do require that the proper format and attribution is used when Isle of Man Government News content appears. The attribution text should read "Isle of Man Government News" or "" as appropriate. You may not use any Isle of Man Government logo or other Isle of Man Government trademark.

We reserve the right to prevent the distribution of Isle of Man Government News content and the Isle of Man Government does not accept any liability for its feeds. Please see the Terms and Conditions for further details.