Headlines Plugin

Show headline news in TWiki pages based on RSS and ATOM news feeds from external sites


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/ ) lists many RSS and ATOM feeds.

Syntax Rules


Parameter Explanation Default
"..." Source of RSS or ATOM 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. May 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. May 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
touch="..." Touch (edit/save) topics if the feed has updates. Specify a comma-space delimited list of TopicNames or Web.TopicNames, such as "%TOPIC%, NewsLetter". Useful to send out newsletter using MailerContrib, showing new feeds since last newsletter. To update feeds, visit topics with feeds in regular intervals (using cron with wget or the like). N/A

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. Note that some of the variables are already used above. This is done by purpose to use different feeds with the same formatting parameters. If there's a conflict the non-dc tags have higher precedence, i.e. a <title> content </title> is preferred 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 referring to the <content:encoding> content </content:encoding>.


Slashdot News


%HEADLINES{ "http://slashdot.org/slashdot.rdf" 
  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="2" }%

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

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:20:54 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:20:54 +0000 Angela Shupe


During the day he’s a sales rep with Thigpen, but in his spare time he works with his friend Jim on The Travesso, which is basically a handheld, travel sized espresso maker.

It makes a shot of espresso without the really expensive machine. Plus the deer hunter with disriminating taste can take it in the tree stand with him. That’s how the idea was born.

Toney was taking the kids on a camping trip and wanted to bring espresso with him.”

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:20:50 +0000 Angela Shupe

Finding inexpensive custom clothing is difficult, especially if you’re working on a budget. No one would know this better than Steve Downing.

Steve had finally managed to have a closet full of good quality suits and fitted shirts when he was blessed with successful weight loss. With the loss of 50 pounds came a problem; he discovered that he no longer fit in his custom shirts and nice suits. He needed all new pieces. Early last year, Steve found himself doing a little research on mens fashion when he stumbled upon Mass Couture, a mens custom clothing direct sales company. He suddenly realized that it would be possible to buy the new clothing he needed, and it wouldn’t cost nearly as much as it had before. He also saw promise in the opportunity they offer.

I recently had the chance to speak with Steve about this unique business and the opportunity they offer.

Tell us a little about Mass Couture.

Mass Couture is a German based clothier expanding into the US market, introducing a revolutionary new concept in the world of fashion: high quality, customized clothing that is accessible and affordable, sized and shipped at the click of a mouse.

“Couture” is a word that means, “the designing and making of fashionable clothing.” Couture is derived from two Latin words that mean, “sew together!”

Our clothes are distributed by a network of independent representatives using a network marketing business model but the prices are street level: Custom-made, 100% Wool Suits $99 (member price: $79), Custom-made, 100% Cotton Shirts $19.90 (member price: $14.90), Men’s and Women’s Jeans $19.90 (member price: $14.90), etc. Suits are also available for women with fabulous 100% wool fabrics.

Take your own measurements and create your size profile, design and personalize a custom suit, shirt, jeans, shoes, belt, overcoat or cufflinks from millions of design combinations – and have it shipped to you anywhere around the world.

For example, the shirts I order require 17 separate measurements. Don’t worry, though! There is an online video ready to walk you through each and every measurement! It’s as easy as pie!

The shoes and jeans will be available in late February, 2011!

This is a turn key, no inventory business featuring affordable, top quality, custom clothing for all sizes: plus, big & tall and petite.

The clothing is tailor made in Hong Kong for men and women using excellent materials: 100% wool, 100% cotton and 100% leather. There are literally thousands of options available as you select and create your shirt or suit!

What inspired you to become a representative for this company?

I’m 63 years old and I’ve worked in customer service all of my adult life.

My goal when I got married in 1976 was to create a great wardrobe to help advance my career. This was done – by January, 2010, I had 12, 100% wool suits hanging in my closet along with 20, 100% cotton, shirts. The suits were off the rack, not custom made. The shirts were custom made, at a price of about $75 each.

But last year, two things happened.

One, I lost 50 pounds using Bodyline. My suit size went from 50 L to 46 L and nothing fit any more. My tailor told me that it wasn’t a good idea to tailor my existing suits and that I needed to replace them! Same thing with the shirts – I needed to buy all new shirts!

And, two, early in 2010 I delivered a speech at my Toastmasters club entitled, “Dress for Success,” which required a little internet research on men’s fashion and it was there that I discovered Mass Couture!

When I discovered that I could purchase custom-made, 100% wool suits for $79, I was very interested! When I discovered that I could purchase custom-made, 100% cotton shirts for $14.90, I was even more interested! When my wife discovered that she could purchase custom-made, 100% cotton jeans (available in late February, 2011) for $14.90, she made me join!! smile

Question: Have you ever spent 3 hours in Ross Dress for Less, Marshall’s, KOHL’s or TJ Max trying on jeans, trying to get a pair that fits right? I did that last November, after I lost 50 pounds. I needed a pair of jeans. I almost passed out!

Mass Couture will have your exact size recorded in your profile and you can select different washings, pocket styles, stitching colors, etc. and order at the click of a mouse. Every pair will fit perfectly, according to your exact measurements. Isn’t that great? Tell all your girl friends!!

What kind of clothing do they offer? Average cost?

Suit, shirts, jeans, shoes, belts, overcoats and cufflinks.

Custom-made, 100% Wool Suits $99 (member price: $79), Custom-made, 100% Cotton Shirts $19.90 (member price: $14.90), Men’s and Women’s Jeans $19.90 (member price: $14.90), etc.

What separates Mass Couture from other companies in the clothing business?

Our clothes are custom made for an exact fit from fine 100% wool and 100% cotton fabrics but have tremendous value due to our street level prices!

Can you tell us a little about the Mass Couture business opportunity.

Our products are sold using the network marketing business model and commissions are only paid when a product is sold.

There is a retail commission of 20% on the shirts, 25% on the suits, etc., as shown below, and as your network grows, commissions are paid out as shown below, 5 levels deep, unlimited width.

Custom Made shirt $14.90 discount (-25%) Final Price $19.90
Custom Made Suits $79.00 discount (-20%) Final Price $99.00

Level 1 5% Bonus 2 registered Member required
Level 2 5% Bonus 3 registered Member required
Level 3 5% Bonus 5 registered Member required
Level 4 5% Bonus 7 registered Member required
Level 5 5% Bonus 10 registered Member required

We pay out with every placed order. Our commission plan is well-thought-out and is being used successfully by well-known companies such as Tupperware, Amway etc.

What are the requirements for signing up?

It is very easy to become a member. Member sign-up fee is $29, 18 years of age and older.

Flash-powered distributor website is free and includes the measurement tool application.

Do you have any goals that you’d like to accomplish with the company in the next year or so?

I personally lost 50 pounds last year and all of my suits and shirts need replacement. So, my goal for this year is to rebuild my wardrobe: 12 custom-made, 100% wool suits (two of them double breasted) and 20 custom-made, 100% cotton shirts (four of them with french cuffs) that all fit like a glove and make me look and feel like a million bucks!

I would also like to reach the college and university, graduating senior market as we enter the spring. I want to register 25 graduating seniors as Mass Couture distributors and get them and their classmates affordably “dressed for success” as they prepare for their job interviews after graduation in June. To do this last, I have been emailing the college and university newspaper staffs of many, many institutions and negotiating prices for ads, advertorials, etc.

What are some lessons this business has taught you?

With all the MLMs out there, with their products at very high prices, it’s discouraging because most regular folks don’t want to pay $20 for shampoo or $25 for a quart of juice!

Our products are high quality, they fit well but they are priced at street level!

The lesson I learned from this, “Don’t stop looking. If you keep looking for something, you’ll find it!”

I was looking for a network marketing opportunity that had good products at good prices.

And, I found that with Mass Couture.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Zig Ziglar said, “One cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure!”

William Shakespeare said, “Pursue thy habit with all thy purse can bear, for clothes oft proclaim the man.”

When you’re are well dressed, your confidence will soar and this will be perceived in the eyes of the beholders – your customers! They will be happy being around you. You will have their attention and their interest and success will follow!

Whether you’re a graduating senior scheduling job interviews, an up and coming sales professional, an attorney new to the firm or a young guy or gal just starting your career, you need an excellent quality wardrobe that will turn heads and cause people to say, “that person is going places!”

Mass Couture (TM) is your ticket to success!

Any advice you’d like to offer anyone that may be considering a direct sales opportunity like this?

If you are going to start a business, look for something that you like doing.

I like to dress professionally. I’m from New York City and I like to put on a suit and show up at work looking sharp, thus Mass Couture is perfect for me.

I love handing out my business card and watching people react to me in my blue, pinstripe suit, red striped shirt and white tie.

If you like to dress well and look sharp, Mass Couture is for you!

Plugin Settings

Plugin settings are stored as preferences settings. Do not change the settings here, they are here only for illustration purposes showing the default values. Define the settings in Main.TWikiPreferences. For example, to customize the HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTNAME setting, add a * Set HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTNAME = ... bullet in Main.TWikiPreferences.

  • Refresh rate in minutes for cached feeds. Set to 0 to disable caching:

  • Maximum number of items shown:

  • Use LWP::UserAgent if set to 1, or fallback to TWiki's internal getUrl() method if set to 0:

  • Timeout fetching a feed using the LWP::UserAgent:

  • Name of user agent:
    • Set HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTNAME = TWikiHeadlinesPlugin/2011-07-08

  • Default header: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set HEADLINESPLUGIN_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 HEADLINESPLUGIN_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

Note: You do not need to install anything on the browser to use this plugin. The following instructions are for the administrator who installs the plugin on the TWiki server.

  • For an automated installation, run the configure script and follow "Find More Extensions" in the in the Extensions section.

  • Or, follow these manual installation steps:
    • Download the ZIP file from the Plugins home (see below).
    • Unzip HeadlinesPlugin.zip in your twiki installation directory. Content:
      File: Description:
      data/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin.txt Plugin topic
      pub/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin/style.css Default CSS
      lib/TWiki/Plugins/HeadlinesPlugin.pm Plugin Perl module
      lib/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin/Core.pm Plugin core
    • Set the ownership of the extracted directories and files to the webserver user.
    • 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 configuration and testing:
    • Run the configure script, enable the plugin in the Plugins section
    • Configure the plugin: See plugin settings above.
    • Test if the installation was successful: See example above.

Plugin Info

  • 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

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny, TWiki:Main.MichaelDaum
Copyright: © 2002-2011 Peter Thoeny, Twiki, Inc.
© 2005-2007 Michael Daum http://wikiring.de
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Plugin Version: 2011-07-17
Change History:  
2011-07-17: TWikibug:Item6764: Add VarHEADLINES variable documentation; doc improvements; setting NO_PREFS_IN_TOPIC
2011-07-08: TWikibug:Item6725: Change global package variables from "use vars" to "our"
2010-05-16: TWikibug:Item6433: More doc improvements
2010-04-25: TWikibug:Item6433: Doc fix: Changing TWIKIWEB to SYSTEMWEB
2010-02-27: TWikibug:Item6313: Fixed bug in ATOM feed with <link ...></link> instead of <link ... /> -- Peter Thoeny
2009-09-30: fixed bug in lastBuildDate of feeds affecting touch parameter functionality -- Peter Thoeny
2009-08-29: added touch parameter -- Peter Thoeny
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: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/HeadlinesPlugin
Feedback: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/HeadlinesPluginDev
Appraisal: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/HeadlinesPluginAppraisal

Related Topics: VarHEADLINES, TWikiPlugins, AdminDocumentationCategory, TWikiPreferences

Topic revision: r5 - 2011-07-17 - TWikiContributor
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