What is RSS?

New on MCNY's homepage, right above the Today@MCNY announcements, you might have noticed a little box that says "RSS" – here's what it is and how you can benefit…

Most people have at least several sites that they check pretty regularly to get the most up-to-date information. But wouldn't it be preferable to have the latest news and features delivered directly to you, rather than having to click from site to site?

That's what RSS does. And now the MCNY website has it, so you can have the TODAY@MCNY section updates delivered right to you.

RSS enables you to see when sites, that you are interested in, have added new content. You can get the latest headlines and articles (or even audio files, photographs or video) in one place, as soon as they are published, without having to remember to visit each site every day.

Not all websites currently provide RSS, but it is growing rapidly in popularity. So, if you see the RSS icon and you are interested in getting this information on a daily basis, here's how to proceed:

No matter what your feed reader of choice or what feeds you are subscribed to, this should definitely help you to save time and to easily consolidate, scan and read the information you want to read.

Web Accessibility:

MCNY improves www.mcny.edu for persons with different capabilities.

The Web is an increasingly important resource for many aspects of life: education, employment, government, commerce, healthcare, recreation, and more. But the very nature of The Web creates certain challenges for blind users, low vision users, people with limited hand dexterity, as well as others with different capabilities.

A blind person surfing the Internet will most likely use very much the same computer as someone who is sighted. The basic personal computer is supplemented by technology called screen access software, which translates information on the screen into synthesized speech or Braille.

We believe that it is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to all people. As part of our institution's mission of social justice and improving the lives of others, we have made some important changes to MCNY's website so that our content is more accessible.

Some of the changes to the homepage were:

In terms of revisions to our homepage and accessibility issues, the most important page layout issues have been solved. The Internet Marketing and Development Team is working to continue to bring the site's internal pages up to the same standard.

What is Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia established in 2001 that is published in over 200 languages.

What is so interesting about this project is that it actually allows visitors to develop and edit content; we all are given the opportunity to contribute to this online knowledge base. The idea is that, over time, collaboration among users will assure that articles are accurate and on point. While some individuals might take advantage of Wikipedia's openness to add nonsensical or inappropriately promotional material to the encyclopedia, most deliberately disruptive edits and comments are quickly found and deleted by other editors.

Wikipedia encompasses a total of more than 3,800,000 articles, including more than 1,176,718 in the English-language version.

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