Even though this newsletter is published only in electronic form, you can subscribe to it. The easiest way is via your web browser, but the best way is probably by using a Google Desktop widget, provided you have Google Desktop. See below.
Subscribing via Mozilla Firefox
Look for the orange RSS feed icon in the page header:
Click on the orange icon. This will take you to a page that begins “Subscribe to this feed using…” followed by a pull-down menu. The default choice is “Live Bookmarks”. If you click on the Subscribe Now button with “Live Bookmarks” showing in the pull-down menu, a bookmark icon will be added to your web browser toolbar, something like this:
If your browser creates the bookmark icon with an awkwardly long name (such as “English Department Newsletter”), you can simply rename it to whatever you want; in the image above, the bookmark was renamed “EnglishNews”. Ordinary toolbar bookmarks are a little different from live bookmarks. An ordinary bookmark is like a regular web link, so clicking on it takes you to the web site immediately.
To check for news on our site, click once on the newsletter’s live bookmark; this shows the a list of current news posted on the site, newest on top. The list actually works as a pull-down menu; you can read any news item simply by clicking on it in the list. Note: By default, Mozilla Firefox reloads live bookmarks every 60 minutes; this can be changed so that reloads are more often or less often. See:
Subscribing via Internet Explorer
Look for the orange RSS feed icon in the page header:
Click on the orange icon. This will take you to a new page. You should see something like this in the upper left part of the screen:
Click on “Subscribe to this feed”. You will then see a pop-up dialogue window in which you can accept the subscription. This is the best time to change the name of the feed, for example, to shorten the name to “EnglishNews”, if you want to. When you click on the “Subscribe” button, you should then see a message — back in the main browser window — saying that your subscription was successful.
To check for news on our site, click on the IE Favorites icon (it looks like a yellow star) located in the upper-left of the browser window. You can choose Favorites, Feeds, or History. Choose Feeds. Pass your mouse cursor over the listing for this site (e.g., “EnglishNews”) to see if there is anything new: IE will tell you if there are any new news items and when your browser last checked for updates. To read news, just click on the listing (“EnglishNews”, or whatever you named it). This takes you to a page with all recent news items. If you want to see the news in its original context on this site, click on the “English Department Newsletter” link at the top of that page.
Subscribing via Google Desktop
If you use Google Desktop, you can use a Google Desktop widget to add a truly “live” RSS feed which will check for you automatically, so that you do not have to check your live bookmarks (as in Mozilla) or favorites (as in Internet Explorer). You can get Google Desktop for free. Usually, it is set up as a sidebar on the windows desktop so that the upper-right corner of your desktop looks something like this (assuming you chose to keep the default clock widget):
After you have Google Desktop installed, to add a new widget, click on the plus sign just to the right of where it reads “Google” in several colors. This will pop up the Google Desktop Add Widget window, which has a header like this:
In the search field (next to the magnifying glass icon), type “rss”. The Add Widget window will then display a few pages of Google Desktop widgets that relate to RSS feeds. You want a general-purpose one. One that works and is available for free is Read Feed:
If (while you are in the Add Widget window of Google Desktop) you pass your mouse cursor over the Read Feed icon, you will see an Add button pop up. Click on the Add button to install the Read Feed widget. Once it is installed, it will display one of the RSS feeds from its stored list of feeds. You need to add the English Department Newsletter to the list and then select it, instead. It’s easy. Pass your mouse cursor over the top edge of the new widget, and you will see a few controls pop up (the controls are the in the cartouche in the upper-right):
Click on the triangle control to get a pull-down menu. Choose Options. Copy-paste the following into the Feed URL field and click the Add button:
This will add the above URL to the list of RSS feeds. Scroll to the bottom of the list of URLs for RSS feeds, click on this one to select it, then click the OK button. You’re done! The Google Desktop Read Feed widget will now automatically check the English Department Newsletter website for news and will display headlines for new/recent posts to the site. To read the text of a story, click on the headline. This will open a window to the left of the Read Feed widget. To see the whole story in your web browser (including any other media, like photos or video clips which might be there), click on the link in the newly opened window.
Using Other Methods to Subscribe
Other browsers, such as Safari and Opera, should provide for similar functionality in subscribing to RSS feeds. Also, if you are a frequent enough user of Yahoo! to have a MyYahoo! page, then you can also subscribe through MyYahoo! You can also subscribe using Google or Bloglines. If you are not already familiar with these, you probably will want to subscribe using Google Desktop (if you have it) or by using Live Bookmarks (in Mozilla Firefox) or an RSS feed under Favorites (in Internet Explorer), as described above.