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What is auto-discovery?

What is auto-discovery?

According to the RSS Advisory Board:

Auto-discovery is a technique that makes it possible for browsers and other software to automatically find a site's RSS feed, whether it's in RSS 1.0 or RSS 2.0 format.

Supported by Mozilla Firefox 2.0, Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 and other browsers, auto-discovery has become the best way to inform users that a web site offers a syndication feed. When a browser loads a page and discovers that a feed is available, Firefox and Internet Explorer display the common feed icon in the address bar.

Auto-Discovery in FireFox Auto-Discovery in Safari

Users can click the icon to subscribe with the browser's RSS reader or the user's preferred reader. Web publishers who offer feeds reach a wider potential audience with autodiscovery.

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