Headlines Plugin

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

Description

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 feeds.

Syntax Rules

%HEADLINES{"..."}%

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
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
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>.

Examples

Slashdot News

Write

%HEADLINES{ "http://slashdot.org/slashdot.rdf" 
  header="*[[$link][$title]]:* $description" 
  format="$t* [[$link][$title]]"
  limit="4"
}%
to get the latest Slashdot news as a bullet list format:

Business Opportunities Weblog

Write

%HEADLINES{ "http://www.business-opportunities.biz/feed" limit="2" }%

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

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:09:43 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:39:01 +0000 Laurie Bennett

The real estate market seems to be humming again and many people are looking at home improvement and flipping houses as a way of generating some serious cash again. Read on for tips on how to flip houses to improve your cash flow AND your quality of life.

 

  1. Kitchen Improvement

 

The kitchen is the life center of the house so naturally it deserves some significant attention.

 

If you have bought an old home and you've decided to improve the kitchen, then the improvements should match the existing style. If the house is ranch style, you might think about a country kitchen instead of ultra modern which might look a bit off. Start off by checking out kitchen improvement magazines. Look for ways to do a remodel without spending too much cash if possible. Can you paint the cabinets instead of changing them out? Are new counter tops perhaps all you need to brighten up that kitchen? You would be surprised at just how much some updated lighting, new cabinet doors and hardware and a new floor can do to update a kitchen on a budget.

Keep in mind that painting might be all you need to do. Most kitchen remodels can cost from $2,500 to $50,000, sometimes even more. However, you can change the style of your kitchen completely by changing the paint color. Choose a modern color and repaint the room before deciding whether you need to make any other changes.

 

Low-VOC paint is eco-friendly and it doesn't contain any dangerous chemicals that other paints do.

 

Replace the old appliances with Energy Star-rated ones in order to save money and protect the environment.

 

2. Bathroom Improvement

 

Updating the bathrooms and even adding additional bathrooms (if you have the space and budget) can dramatically increase the value of a home. Again, new lighting, tile, cabinetry and flooring can do wonders on improving the value of a home and making someone really want to live there.

 

3. New Windows

 

New windows are not inexpensive but you can save approximately $500 a year in heating and cooling costs by replacing old windows with energy-efficient styles. Make sure you potential purchasers know the windows are new and energy efficient and will save them money year after year. Doing this will certainly add value to your property. And if you are going to be living in the house instead of selling it, know that you will eventually recoup up to 70% of your investment just by your energy savings over time.

 

4. Build a Deck

 

Did you know that one simple deck addition can increase the value of your home significantly? People love them and they make a house twice as attractive to buyers than houses that have no outdoor seating area. The cost can vary from anywhere between $1,200 and $10,000, but it all depends on how large the deck in and the type of material you use.

 

  1. Regular Maintenance

 

Make sure that you maintain the house by keeping paint from peeling, cleaning out gutters, eliminating dirt and mold from unwanted areas and so on. You should also replace any rotten wood and clean the ventilation ducks regularly. Potential buyers will love a home that is well maintained and pay attention to the smallest details, so it's important you present them with a clean and well maintained home.

 

So if you are thinking about creating equity in a house you own or one you plan to buy and flip, follow the steps above to prepare the home to sell. As you can see, you can easily and inexpensively remodel a home, while increasing its value at the same time. If you need advice or the services of seasoned home improvement experts, visit choosechi.com

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:10:29 +0000 Laurie Bennett

Garage doors are more prone to getting damaged than other doors in the home; the reason being that they are used more frequently and are in close proximity to automobiles all the time. It is important to thoroughly inspect these doors on a monthly basis to check for any unusual sounds and signs of damage. Noticing wear and tear promptly allows the door to be mended in a timely fashion. Timely inspections have been known to prevent malfunctions, major expenses, and accidents.

While a great number of home owners are very comfortable with carrying out this inspection on their own, there are others who do not know much about it. Those who fall in the second category often look for the services of reliable and reputable garage door services in the area, hence making it one very promising business venture.

A local garage door businesses such as RS Garage Door Services provides reliable service to its patrons. The team of professionals working at Rockstar Garage Door Services are trained and experienced to take on any job that has to do with installing, servicing, or repairing garage doors.

Take a lesson from RS Garage Door Services if you want to put up your own.

The technicians working at Rockstar have experience that spans more than a decade.  The company enjoys a leading position in the industry because of the superior quality of their services and excellent customer care. The company offers their services not only in San Diego, but across San Diego County. On top of having a vast knowledge and experience, Rockstar garage door technicians have all the necessary tools and equipment. They can tackle any kind of job related to garage doors without a delay. The company places great value on having an honest relationship with their customers. They are transparent when quoting estimates, in which they include only the services which are necessary.

The services available at Rockstar Garage Door Services come at very competitive rates. In fact, Rockstar will meet or beat the rates offered by competitors. The best thing about Rockstar Garage Doors Services is that we offer top-of-the-line workmanship at very reasonable rates, so that our offer fits the budget of all our customers. Rockstar technicians who perform inspections, servicing and installations also educate the customers through maintenance tips that will add years to the life of customers' garage doors and their various parts. Rockstar Garage Door Services is an ideal choice for all those who are looking for a trusted local business to take care of their garage door.

Keep in mind that putting up this kind of business requires a lot of patience and quality customer service. Do your homework and research prior to anything else.

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
    • Set USELWPUSERAGENT = yes

  • Timeout fetching a feed using the LWP::UserAgent. Default: 20
    • Set USERAGENTTIMEOUT = 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.
    NameVersionDescription
    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: © 2002-2010, Peter Thoeny, Twiki, Inc.; 2005-2007, Michael Daum http://wikiring.de
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Plugin Version: v2.6 - 2010-05-16
Change History:  
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: TWikiPlugins, AdminDocumentationCategory, TWikiPreferences

Topic revision: r1 - 2010-05-17 - TWikiContributor
 
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