Subscribing to Active Channels

Channels are prepackaged subscriptions. Instead of indiscriminately delivering web pages to your hard disk, a webmaster can put together a collection of pages, just as a newspaper publisher assembles a daily paper. When you subscribe to an Active Channel, you download a single file, created by using the Channel Definition Format (CDF). Channel files typically include multiple HTML files, graphics, a map of the web site (including links to pages not included in the CDF file), and a publisher's recommended schedule for updates.

By default, Internet Explorer 4.0 adds a Channel Bar to your desktop, with shortcuts to dozens of brand-name channels. Note that you don't have to subscribe to view the content in a channel. ...

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