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:

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 04:09:44 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 04:09:44 +0000 Laurie Bennett
Photo by Kaboompics .com from Pexels

You’re opening your new restaurant. You’ve managed to attract a great team of servers. The kitchen staff you’ve hired is on point. The bar looks super and the dining area is well-nigh perfect.

However, have you considered a restaurant point of sale system (POS) yet? A POS is usually a key component. However, new restaurant owners commonly overlook this piece, even though it can determine whether your new restaurant succeeds or not.

Most, if not all, lucrative restaurants employ the use of a premium quality POS system. The tricky part is that not every POS has been designed to satisfy your establishment’s specific needs. Below are a few things you need to consider before you choose a POS for your new restaurant.




1. Is It Intuitive and Fast?

It’s an extremely fast-paced world we live in today. Moreover, restaurants seem to be moving at an even faster pace. Not only does your POS system need to be moving at a blazing fast speed, but it also needs to be easy to use as well.

The quicker your staff can get comfortable with using it, the speedier the operations they do with it will be.


2. Does It Track Your Inventory?

Tracking inventory is one of the things most business owners would really love to make easier. While it’s not all that glamorous, tracking inventory is a vital part of your new restaurant’s success.

A high-quality POS system can help you do that. It might not solve all your tracking inventory issues. However, it can certainly help a great deal. Most of high-quality systems have the ability to track such things as ingredient usage and orders. Most will also keep a running tally of things your business has sold and let you know when re-ordering time comes.


3. Do You Often Change Your Services and Menu?

If your menu is basic, fixed, and doesn’t change much, you won’t need to bang your head too much over menu flexibility. However, if your establishment has menu items that rotate and change a lot, then you might want to consider getting POS software that has a lot of menu flexibility.

Not only will menu flexibility make it easier to take orders on demand using the POS system, but it also helps your restaurant’s customers order your special and temporary menu items more quickly and easily.


4. How Loyal Is Your Customer Base?

Whether or not your restaurant can depend on loyal customers can determine the features that your business needs the most. For instance, if you are located in or near an airport, you might not have the same customers coming in over and over again. On the other hand, if you’re situated near a college campus, most of your customers are probably loyal ones.

If customer loyalty is important to your new restaurant, then you might want to consider POS software that has inbuilt loyalty program capability. At the least, choose one that can store customer history easily.


The Right POS Can Make or Break Your New Restaurant

Having quality point of sale software generally means smooth operations. It could literally determine the success of your new restaurant business. Hopefully, this article has given you some of that much-needed insight around the topic. Choosing a high-end POS system really doesn’t have to be that hard, does it?

The post How to Pick a POS System for Your New Restaurant appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 04:08:30 +0000 Lean Fernandez
Image Credit: geralt on Pixabay

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However, you’ve probably also discovered that applying these strategies in practice is easier said than done. Not to mention the fact that many of these tips you uncover online fail to address the core principles you need to master to become a successful online entrepreneur.


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With the help of marketing professionals, you’ll learn how to leverage these different platforms to establish name recognition for your business. This will allow you to inform your target audience about your products or services. Additionally, you’ll learn the importance of driving targeted traffic to your online properties.


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The post Online Entrepreneur Academy: State of the Art Training for Entrepreneurs appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 04:04:01 +0000 Laurie Bennett

Is the thought of running a crazy golf course in the UK is an appealing one for you? If so, you likely also want to ensure that it would be a business that would allow you to generate a profit.

Crazy golf is fun, you might be saying to yourself. However, is it a suitable business option?

Yes, it can be.

If you study the market and carry out the necessary research, you should find it is possible to create profit when running a crazy golf course in the UK.

You only must consider the number of crazy golf venues in the city of London to realize this is a popular activity. Moreover, there is a real need for family-friendly activities. And even adults are looking for an enjoyable activity they can share with their friends. While it is possible to enjoy a drink in many London crazy golf courses, the fun nature of the activity is the more pressing element of the business.




It Is Possible to Enjoy a Profit with Crazy Golf in the UK

The fact that there are several of these courses in the UK suggests that this is a profitable industry. Additionally, there is a growing number of indoor courses as well. This means that the variances of the weather don’t have as much of an effect as they used to. In fact, indoor crazy golf courses are the perfect solution for people looking for a fun day out when it is raining or the wind is howling.

Some of the key reasons why many people suggest that crazy golf can be profitable in the UK include:

  • It’s an activity that appeals to all age groups
  • You don't have a lot of staffing costs
  • Additionally, equipment doesn't have to be too expensive
  • While there is a need for liability insurance for a crazy golf course, it is not expensive
  • These factors help to create a larger profit margin and a greater return on your investment
  • Indoor courses can stay open and attract an audience all year round.

If you are looking for a business with affordable start-up costs and a chance to grow your business without spending too much money, crazy golf is a suitable option.

There are also many opportunities to ''upsell'' a guest. This means that you can make more money from each customer. Offering food, drink, accessories, and other forms of entertainment in the venue will help you generate a greater level of return. Naturally, this will enhance the profitability of your business.


Plan for Success with Your Fun Business

Factors that will affect the probability of success for your crazy golf course include:

  • The location of your course and whether people will want to attend
  • Your ability to offer additional products or services, scaling up the profit per visit
  • Balancing your costs with the expected return from these costs

It would be wrong to say that crazy golf courses are a straightforward way to make money. There are many challenges in the sector and you need to keep working hard. In other words, you will need to continue both promoting the business and providing a good service to your customers. However, but if you do these things, crazy golf can be a profitable business in the UK.

The post Crazy Golf: Could It Be Your Chance for a Profitable Business in the UK? appeared first on Business Opportunities.

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

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