Understanding XML RSS Formatting

XML is often used for RSS feeds & syndication.

Generally RSS feeds are created in this format:

Ex:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<rss version="2.0">
<channel>
        <title>Heart Health</title>
        <description>How to live with a healthy heart.</description>
<link>Article's Site URL goes here</link>

        <item>
                <title>Becoming Heart Smart</title>
                <description>

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death as well as a major cause of disabling illness for women in the United States. Each year, approximately half a million women lose their life to cardiovascular disease. That number represents more deaths than the combined total of the next 7 leading causes of death in women! While death rates due to cardiovascular disease in men have declined in the last 20 years, the rates for women have increased. This unfortunate statistic is made even more frightening by the knowledge that  the consequences of heart disease for women tend to be more severe than they are for men. Research has demonstrated that 42% of women who suffer a heart attack will die within the first year as opposed to only 24% of men. Of those women who survive that first year, 33% of them will have a second heart attack within the next 6 year period. These statistics are even more harrowing for African-American women who are 70% more likely to die due to heart disease than Caucasian women of the same age.
Elevated blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, cigarette smoking, obesity, inactivity and diabetes have been identified as the 6 major risk factors for the development of heart disease. Happily, all of these factors can either be prevented or managed through lifestyle modifications such as quitting cigarette smoking, adhering to a heart-healthy diet, regular exercise, and in some cases medication for cholesterol and or blood pressure manaagement. Individual risk for heart disease varies based on a variety of factors such as a woman’s family history, ethnicity, and lifestyle. Contact your health care provider for a personal risk assessment and help devising a plan to ensure your future heart health.

</description>
<link>Article's URL goes here</link>
        </item>

</channel>
</rss>

Usually syndications output the title & the URL, sometimes they’ll show a part or all of the descriptions as well.

For instance:

This:

<item>
                <title>High Cholesterol Diet</title>
                <description>What to eat when you have high cholesterol.</description>
                <link>http://ldlhdlcholesterollevels.org/high-cholesterol-foods-to-avoid</link>
        </item>

Will likely show up like this:

High Cholesterol Diet