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/ ) lists 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
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>.


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:

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:54:44 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:48:13 +0000 Bizop Team

4 Things Small Business Owners Should Do to Raise Capital

Only 4 percent of small businesses will last 10 years, according to statistics cited in Inc.com. As any small business owner will tell you, a key reason is that it can be so difficult to raise capital.

There is nothing more frustrating to a small business owner than having to secure capital in order to properly offer their service or product to the market.

This can be especially true when you are convinced that the market will support your business.

Perhaps you need capital to hire more employees, pay fixed operating costs, or invest in research and development. Whatever it is, capital is often what separates successful small businesses from those that fail.

This article will help small business owners consider various solutions to raise capital. It will also advise readers of steps to take in order to improve their chances of raising that capital successfully.


Get Your Credit in Order

There is a distinct difference between business credit and personal credit. While both types of credit are generally influenced by the same factors, personal credit is often better established than business credit when it comes to small businesses. That's because your business will only have its own credit score after you have incorporated and obtained an EIN (employer identification number) for it.

In the early days of your business, it might be difficult for your new business to obtain a loan due to the fact that your business does not have an aged credit history. However, you might be able to secure a personal loan instead, if you have good personal credit.

For those thinking that ''fixing my credit'' is in order, you might be right. That’s because securing a personal loan that is sizable enough to have a noticeable effect on your small business’s performance will require a strong score in most cases.




Consider Renovating Your Home to Increase Its Value

Another workaround for small business owners who are unable to take out a traditional business loan is to refinance their home. Of course, this is assuming that you are a homeowner rather than a renter.

But in order to ensure that the refinancing offers a meaningful amount of money, do a few home improvements to increase the value of your home first.

For example, kitchen and bathroom renovations have been shown to significantly improve the value of most homes. Additionally, beautification projects from an eco-friendly lawn care company can, in some cases, increase the value of your home.


Test the Market with an MVP to Prove Interest

If your small business has a limited history, you will make a better case to a lender or an investor by showing a positive response from the market.

The best way to do this is to build an MVP (minimum viable product or service). Offer the MVP to your target audience and record the response. A successful example of this, albeit on a larger scale, is Tesla. The company announced intentions to build the Model 3 and collected more than 400,000 pre-orders before they built a single car.

With proof that the market was tremendously interested in the Model 3, the company was able to raise more than $1 billion from investors.

Small business owners can try a similar tactic. With pre-orders, or some other form of commitment in hand, you will find it easier to raise capital.



Establish a Reliable Sales Track Record

The best way to raise money is to show prospective participants genuine proof that your business can turn a profit.

Demonstrating demand is better than simply having a concept. And it is even better if you can show real sales to banks or other investors.

As a small business owner, an early priority should be finding initial traction. This could mean that you will need to customize your products or services or offer discounts. However, it is better to acquire customers early on, even if they are not your ideal customers.



The business world is generally not a friendly place to small businesses. Statistics show that most small businesses will not make it past the first 10 years of existence. Small business owners who are able to raise capital to support growth will likely be more successful.

To raise capital, make sure that your personal and business credit are in good shape. Also, consider making home improvements to get better home financing terms. Finally, work hard to establish initial traction in the market.

The post 4 Things Small Business Owners Should Do to Raise Capital appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:01:31 +0000 Bizop Team

Planning a Corporate Event? An Event Cleaning Crew Makes It Easier

You’ve finished up another successful corporate event. Guests never imagine all the work that goes on behind the scenes. You take pride in making sure every detail is as close to perfect as possible, but you don’t try do it all by yourself.

As a corporate event planner, you rely on a trusted network of professionals to help with everything from venue selection and security to decorating and catering. But have you thought about the advantages of adding a special event cleaning service to your team?




10 Ways Professional Cleaning Services Make Your Job Easier

You coordinate every event with one goal in mind: complete client satisfaction. Whether it’s a week-long trade show or a formal awards dinner, you make it happen and make sure it’s a success.

With all the work you put in from client consultations and site setup to final closing, after-event cleaning shouldn’t turn into its own project. It doesn’t have to. Consider these 10 ways a professional cleaning crew makes it easier to plan corporate events.


1. Valuable Time Saved

After the last guest leaves, it takes hours to completely clean the site. In some situations, cleanup is covered by your contract with venue management. More often, you’re responsible. When you weigh the investment of your valuable time spent cleaning against bringing in a commercial cleaning contractor, it makes sense to leave the work to professionals.


2. No More Equipment Rentals

Add up the cost of renting cleaning equipment. Factor in time spent picking it up, hauling it to the site and returning it on schedule. Multiply everything by the number of events you plan each year. When you leave final venue cleanup to a professional service, you eliminate the expense and hassle of equipment rental.


3. Pre-Event Cleaning Options

How many times have you seen venue sites that needed cleaning before you could even begin to set up? This doesn’t have to turn into one more big job on your busy to-do list. If you’ve already made arrangements with a cleaning contractor, you can schedule pre-event cleanup that leaves you free to focus on important planning details.


4. Ongoing Site Maintenance

When an event lasts for several days, you have to be concerned with overall site cleanliness. Busy bathrooms need regular attention. Fixtures and touch points need routine disinfecting. A full-service cleaning company covers these critical duties by scheduling multiple daily visits through the duration of your special event.


5. Floor-to-Ceiling Services

Certified technicians vacuum carpets, treat high-traffic areas and address stains. They sweep and buff hard floors. Cleaning crews take care of kitchen facilities, banquet rooms, meeting areas, bathrooms and hallways. Entryways, doors, windows and mirrors are cleaned and polished. Often, a professional cleaning service leaves a venue in better shape than it was when you first inspected the site.


6. Responsible Waste Management

After a big event, picking up and hauling off trash can involve more than trips to loading dock dumpsters or the local landfill. A fully certified cleaning company understands and adheres to all safety regulations applicable to waste that requires special disposal.


7. Emergency Cleaning Crews

By working with a special event cleaning service, you’re prepared for all types of emergencies. From bathrooms backed up with sewage to fire or water damage to your on-site equipment and supplies, an industry certified cleaning contractor can dispatch emergency crews to the scene with just one call.


8. Flexible, Event-Specific Services

Every special event is different in size, type and schedule. The best commercial cleaning company serves you with flexible, scalable options that fit each project. You agree to as much or as little after-event cleaning as you need according to each job without being locked into a one-size-fits-all contract.


9. Invaluable Peace of Mind

A reputable event cleaning service gladly provides documentation of its compliance as a fully insured and bonded business. The company can also verify its cleaning crews’ industry certification and training. It all adds up to invaluable peace of mind knowing your post-event cleaning needs are in the hands of experienced professionals.


10. A Long-Term Partner

Your must-do list changes with every event you plan, but final cleanup is always one of the biggest parts of the job. When you establish a relationship with a special event cleaning contractor, you have a dependable, long-term partner who becomes a valued member of your trusted professional network.



Working with Industry Professionals

As a chosen career path, corporate event planning can be daunting to new entrepreneurs. It continues to challenge experienced event planners too, so you do all you can to stay in front of every industry trend. That includes recognizing the evolution in after-event cleaning services.

You get so much more than janitorial services when you choose the right commercial cleaning contractor. You work with an industry professional invested in making sure every detail is perfect. That’s the kind of long-term partnership every event planner needs and enjoys. It’s the kind of trusted backup you deserve.

The post Planning a Corporate Event? An Event Cleaning Crew Makes It Easier 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: v2.3 - 29 Aug 2009
Change History:  
29 Aug 2009: 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: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPlugin
Feedback: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPluginDev
Appraisal: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPluginAppraisal

-- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny - 29 Aug 2009

Topic revision: r2 - 2009-08-29 - TWikiContributor
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