Along with audio recordings of the Court's oral arguments, electronic versions of the Court's opinions are now available via RSS (Real Simple Syndication), a method of delivering web content directly to you without cluttering your inbox with e-mail. Until now, electronic versions of the Court's opinions were available only through e-mail with an opinion attached. We will soon be phasing out this method and strongly encourage current subscribers to convert to RSS, which will allow you to search, sort, and filter information. Here is how it works.
RSS delivers Web content called a "feed" or "channel" that is written in standard computer language (XML). It requires an RSS Reader, a small software program that collects and displays RSS feeds. Current versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari Web browsers have built-in RSS Readers. But if you are using Internet Explorer 6.0 or earlier, you will need to obtain an RSS Reader. These are available on the Web. Some are free; others may be purchased.
Once you have acquired an RSS Reader, you will need to see what it requires you to do to add a new "feed" or "channel." Each reader has a slightly different way of doing this. Some readers, when used with the newest Web browsers, will allow you to add new channels with a single click. Others may require you to copy the Web address (also called a URL) of the new feed from your Web browser's address and paste it into the "Add New Channel" Section of new RSS Reader.
You will have to follow the directions of your RSS Reader to establish a feed or channel to the Court's opinions [and any other RSS feeds you may want]. In most cases, all you will need to do is:
- Click on the link or small RSS button near the feed that you want (e.g., First Circuit RSS Feeds);
- See the feed's Web address (URL) in your Web browers bar;
- Copy the feed's Web address into the "Add New Channel" section of your RSS Reader
For example, the URL that you would copy into your Web browser's address bar to establish an RSS feed for this court's opinions is:
The URL that you would copy into your Web browser's address bar to establish an RSS feed for this court's oral arguments is:
Once you have added that Web address to your RSS Reader, the feed will start and regularly update this court's opinions for you.