Headlines Plugin


This plugin displays RSS and ATOM feeds from news sites. Use it to build news portals that show headline news.

Note: Syndic8.com ( http://www.syndic8.com/ ) is a good site listing many RSS feeds.

Syntax Rules


Parameter Explanation Default
"..." source of RSS feed; this can be an url (starting with http) or a web.topic location for internal feeds None; is required
href="..." (Alternative to above) N/A
refresh="60" Refresh rate in minutes for caching feed; "0" for no caching Global REFRESH setting
limit="12" Maximum number of items shown Global LIMIT setting
header Header. Can include these variables: - $channeltitle, $title: title of channel (channel.title)
- $channellink, $link: link of channel (channel.link)
- $channeldescription, $description: description (channel.description)
- $channeldate, $date: publication date of the channel (channel.pubDate)
- $rights: copyrights of the channel (channel.copyright)
- $imagetitle: title text for site (image.title)
- $imagelink: link for site (image.link)
- $imageurl: URL of image (image.url)
- $imagedescription: description of image (image.description)
Global HEADER setting
format Format of one item. Can include these variables:
- $title: news item title (item.title)
- $link: news item link (item.link)
- $description: news item description (item.description)
- $date: the publication date (item.pubDate, item.date)
- $category: the article category (item.category)
Global FORMAT setting

The header and format parameters might also use variables rendering the dc, image and content namespace information. Note, that only bits of interest have been implemented so far and those namespaces might not be implemented fully yet.

Rendering the dc namespace

The following variables are extracting the dc namespace info, that could be used in header and format. Nnote, that some of the variables are already used above. This is done by purpose to use different feeds with the same formating parameters. If there's a conflict the non-dc tags have higher precedence, i.e. a <title> content </title> is prefered over <dc:title> content </dc:title> .

  • $title: channel/article title (dc:title)
  • $creator: channel creator (dc:creator)
  • $subject: subject text; this will also add an image according to the subject hash list, see above (dc:subject)
  • $description: ... (dc:description)
  • $publisher: the channel/article publisher (dc:publisher)
  • $contributor: ... (dc:contributor)
  • $date: ... (dc:date)
  • $type: ... (dc:type)
  • $format: ... (dc:format)
  • $identifier: ... (dc:identifier)
  • $source: ... (dc:source)
  • $language: ... (dc:language)
  • $relation: ... (dc:relation)
  • $coverage: ... (dc: coverage)
  • $rights: ... (dc: rights)

Rendering the image namespace

An image:item is converted into an <img> tag using the following mappings:

  • src: image url (rdf:about attribute of the image.item tag)
  • alt: image title (title)
  • width: image width (image:width)
  • height: image height image:height)

Rendering the content namespace

The variable $content is refering to the <content:encoding> content </content:encoding>.


Slashdot News


  header="*[[$link][$title]]:* $description" 
  format="$t* [[$link][$title]]"
to get the latest Slashdot news as a bullet list format:

Business Opportunities Weblog


%HEADLINES{"http://www.business-opportunities.biz/feed" limit="3"}%

to get the latest postings on the "Business Opportunities" weblog:

Thu, 28 May 2015 20:26:47 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Thu, 28 May 2015 20:26:47 +0000 Erin Eagan

This year's new tech toys feature something for kids of all shapes, sizes and interests. If you're looking for the latest and greatest for a special little one if your life, there are lots to choose from.

Here are 5 to keep an eye on:

Bitsbox ($30/month)

Each month, Bitxbox subscribers receive a new coding product for kids ages 6-12. Each box also contains an activity book with over 12 apps to build and app trading cards with lines of code on the back. Kids pick the project they want to do, then go online to type out the code and run the app on the screen on Bitbox's virtual tablet. They can then send the app to their device or share it on social media.

Compose Yourself ($14.99)

Any child can compose his/her own music with this revolutionary musical cards and website combo. Each of the 60 cards contain the musical notation for a musical riff. Kids arrange the cards in any order and then enter the card codes into the website to hear their composition played by a full symphony orchestra. By flipping and rotating the cards, kids can create over 200 million possible combinations. For ages 6 and up.

Meccanoid GS15KS (399.95)

The Meccanoid from Spin Master is a robot that measures about 4 feet tall and can be programmed to move in a specific sequence of steps. Featuring Learned Intelligent Movement, the robot learns how to move by watching a human or by being moved by a human.

Roominate rPower ($19.99)

Funded by Mark Cuban after an appearance on Shark Tank, Roominate is a startup that makes building systems for girls that included circuits (to make things move), modular pieces and universal joints. Roominate rPower is an add-on Bluetooth hub that allows girls to program the building sets’ electronics by using the phone or tablet. After downloading the free app, girls use their devices to regulate the motors, lights, buzzers and everything else they have built into their designs. The new Roominate kits with rPower connectivity include Amusement Park ($49.99), School ($49.99), Townhouse ($39.99), RV ($29.99) and School Bus ($29.99). For ages 6 and up.

Goodnight Callilou App ($6.99)

The Goodnight Callilou app from Budge Studio helps make bedtime easier, and more fun, for kids ages 2-5. This educational app will have kids counting, piecing together puzzles and learning about hygiene while they play. They'll help Callilou brush his teeth, count sheep and catch shooting stars before it's time for him to fall asleep.

Thu, 28 May 2015 15:51:45 +0000 Erin Eagan

Are you trying to make it as an entrepreneur? Is it turning out to be a bit more difficult than you thought? If so, that's probably a sign you're on the right path. Being an entrepreneur has never been easy. However, with the following tools, you'll probably find yourself making more progress in the near future.



There are so many books out there on entrepreneurship that you owe it to yourself to constantly keep tapping these assets for advice. Audible is a great way to do it. Depending on the package you go with, you'll pay as little as $15 a month for audio books. This alone is a good deal, but the subscription service means that you'll keep getting prompted every month to continue your education. Whether it's a book on business management, the bio of a successful businessperson or a manual for something like WordPress, there's so much for an entrepreneur to learn and Audible makes it simple.


When working with others, it goes without saying that you'll need to be sharing documents fairly regularly, maybe even every day. You could have employees, customers, business partners, suppliers, developers or any of a number of other people you need to send documents to. Doing so over email is outdated. It's just too inconvenient and even risky to do as an entrepreneur.

Instead, use Dropbox as a central location to keep documents on the cloud, so you can access them from anywhere. Dropbox allows you to give permission to users before they can access specific documents and also makes it possible for them to save changes they make.


If your entrepreneurial venture involves emailing a large number of people all at once, you're going to want Mailchimp on your side. This platform is a staple in the toolbox of many entrepreneurs and for good reason. Over eight million use it to send some 600 million messages every day. Leverage subscription services, customer profiles, automation, personalization tools and far more.


Every entrepreneur needs a website for their business. There are more resources than ever before for building such a site, too. You may go out and hire a developer to do so, for example. However, this could give you a lot of unnecessary overhead early on.

Instead, take a week or two to learn how WordPress works. This user-friendly platform has been the centerpiece of millions of websites all over the world. From blogs to major corporation sites, WordPress has proven it's the best for building websites.

Google Analytics

Once your website is up and running, you're going to need a way to learn who is visiting it, aside from just looking at your actual customers. You also want to know who is showing up, but not buying. After all, how else will you change that? Google Analytics remains the most powerful tool for gaining information about your market so you can grow your customer base.


There is no end to the tools you have available to you today as an entrepreneur. Start with the ones above, though, and then later on branch out to see what else is out there.

Wed, 27 May 2015 20:23:35 +0000 Erin Eagan

Many of the world's most successful entrepreneurs are really environmentalists at heart. Their passion to help save the planet provides oftentimes overrides their motivation for personal success. Here is one such story:


The concern over the waste of plastic water bottles has never been greater. In the U.S. alone, an estimated 50 billion plastic bottles are dumped in landfill sites each year and over 200 billion globally.

In 2010, Sarah Kauss knew in her heart she needed to help do something about it. Inspired by a metal water bottle she'd been carrying around - functional but not at all stylish, especially for young executives - she invested $30,000 of her own money to launch S'Well. Her goal? To rid the world of plastic bottles.

S'Well produces a line of insulated, reusable, BPA-free stainless steel bottles that are designed to keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. In 2011, after a plug from Oprah Winfrey and other media outlets, S'Well's popularity soared.

Today, S’well bottles come in 90 colors and three sizes, priced between $25 and $45. The bottles sell in major stores nationwide, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Starbucks and J.Crew.


Since its launch, the New York-based firm has sold four million bottles. While profitable in its first year, revenue has further surged - to 400 percent between 2013 and 2014 - hitting $10 million last year.

In 2014, Kauss was also named to Fortune's ''40 Under 40'' list.

At S'Well, Founder and CEO Kauss also emphasizes giving back to those in need. The company partners with other charities working towards bettering the environment and communities around the world.

Plugin Settings

Plugin settings are stored as preferences variables. To reference a plugin setting write %<plugin>_<setting>%, for example, %HEADLINESPLUGIN_SHORTDESCRIPTION%. Note: Don't modify the settings here; copy and customize the settings in Main.TWikiPreferences. For example, to customize the USERAGENTNAME setting, create a HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTNAME setting in Main.TWikiPreferences.

  • One line description, shown in the TextFormattingRules topic:
    • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = Show headline news in TWiki pages based on RSS and ATOM news feeds from external sites

  • Refresh rate in minutes for cached feeds. Disable caching: 0, default: 60
    • Set REFRESH = 60

  • Maximum number of items shown. Default: 100
    • Set LIMIT = 100

  • Use LWP::UserAgent, or fallback to TWiki's internal getUrl() method. Default: yes

  • Timeout fetching a feed using the LWP::UserAgent. Default: 20

  • Name of user agent. Default: TWikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21
      * Set USERAGENTNAME = TWikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21

  • Default header: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set HEADER = <div class="headlinesChannel"><div class="headlinesLogo"><img src="$imageurl" alt="$imagetitle" border="0" />%BR%</div><div class="headlinesTitle">$n---+!! <a href="$link">$title</a></div><div class="headlinesDate">$date</div><div class="headlinesDescription">$description</div><div class="headlinesRight">$rights</div></div>

  • Default format of one item: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set FORMAT = <div class="headlinesArticle"><div class="headlinesTitle"><a href="$link">$title</a></div>$n<span class="headlinesDate">$date</span> <span class="headlinesCreator"> $creator</span> <span class="headlinesSubject"> $subject </span>$n<div class="headlinesText"> $description</div></div>

  • Values taken from configure: (only supported if CPAN:LWP is installed)
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{HOST} - proxy host, such as "proxy.example.com";
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{PORT} - proxy port, such as "8080";
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{SkipProxyForDomains} - domains excluded from proxy, such as "intra.example.com, bugs.example.com";

Style sheets

The default HEADER and FORMAT settings use the following styles. See the style.css file defining the default CSS properties (indentation illustrates enclosure).

  • headlinesRss: output of the HeadlinesPlugin (div)
    • headlinesChannel: channel header (div)
      • headlinesLogo: channel logo (div)
      • headlinesTitle: channel title (div)
      • headlinesDate: channel date (div)
      • headlinesDescription: channel description (div)
      • headlinesRight: channel copyright (div)
    • headlinesArticle: one news item (div)
      • headlinesTitle: article title (div)
      • headlinesDate: article date (span)
      • headlinesCreator: author of article (span)
      • headlinesSubject: subect category of the article (span)
      • headlinesText: article text (div)

Plugin Installation Instructions

  • Download the ZIP file
  • Unzip it in your twiki installation directory. Content:
    File: Description:
    data/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin.txt plugin topic
    pub/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin/style.css default css
    lib/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin.pm plugin perl module
    lib/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin/Core.pm plugin core
    Check if above examples show a news feed instead of variable.
  • Optionally, run HeadlinesPlugin_installer.pl to automatically check and install other TWiki modules that this module depends on. You can also do this step manually.
  • Alternatively, manually make sure the dependencies listed in the table below are resolved.
    Digest::MD5>=2.33Required. Download from CPAN:Digest::MD5
    LWP::UserAgent>=5.803Optional. Download from CPAN:LWP::UserAgent

Plugin Info

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny, TWiki:Main.MichaelDaum
Copyright: © 2002-2009, Peter Thoeny, TWIKI.NET; 2005-2007, Michael Daum http://wikiring.de
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Plugin Version: v2.21 - 12 Feb 2009
Change History:  
12 Feb 2009: {PROXY}{HOST} supports domain with and without protocol -- Peter Thoeny
06 Feb 2009: added {PROXY}{SkipProxyForDomains} configure setting, added USERAGENTNAME plugin setting -- Peter Thoeny
11 Dec 2008: added {PROXY}{HOST} and {PROXY}{PORT} configure settings -- Peter Thoeny
13 Sep 2007: fixed parsing of content:encoded
23 Jul 2006: improved atom parser; if a posting has no title default to 'Untitled'
26 Apr 2006: added lazy compilation
10 Feb 2006: packaged using the TWiki:Plugins/BuildContrib; minor fixes
03 Feb 2006: off-by-one: limit="n" returned n+1 articles; make FORMAT and HEADER format strings more robust
23 Jan 2006: released v2.00
05 Dec 2005: internal feed urls must be absolute
02 Dec 2005: added web.topic shorthand for internal feeds
29 Nov 2005: fixed CDATA handling
21 Nov 2005: added ATOM support; extended RSS support; added dublin core support; added content support; optionally using LWP to fetch feeds to follow redirections; corrected CPAN dependencies ; recoding special chars from html integer to entity encoding to increase browser compatibility; added css support; use getWorkArea() if available
11 May 2005: TWiki:Main.WillNorris: added DevelopBranch compatability
31 Oct 2004: Fixed taint issue by TWiki:Main.AdrianWeiler; small performance improvement
29 Oct 2004: Fixed issue of external caching if mod_perl or SpeedyCGI is used
02 Aug 2002: Implemented caching of feeds, thanks to TWiki:Main/RobDuarte
11 Jun 2002: Initial version (V1.000)
Perl Version: 5.8
TWiki:Plugins/Benchmark: GoodStyle 100%, FormattedSearch 99.5%, HeadlinesPlugin 94%
Plugin Home: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPlugin
Feedback: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPluginDev
Appraisal: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPluginAppraisal

-- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny - 12 Jan 2009
-- TWiki:Main.MichaelDaum - 13 Sep 2007

Topic revision: r1 - 2009-02-13 - 03:55:45 - TWikiContributor
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