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, 02 Sep 2015 19:07:52 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:07:52 +0000 Erin Eagan

Combat City, the popular combat-themed entertainment franchise located in Orlando, now has plans to develop additional locations throughout the southeastern part of the country. Combat City has been offering airsoft battles and large games to Central Florida since 2010. But after 5 years of operating Combat City in the Orlando area, founder Dave Kaplan has decided to franchise the model and share the opportunity with other entrepreneurs.


It is estimated that airsoft is a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry, drawing tens of thousands of players across the country. When Combat City founder Dave Kaplan opened his the first outdoor field in Orlando, he wanted to create a model that provided a safe and commercial business where both adults and children could gather together in both tactical training and recreational play.

Combat City has retained the services of The Franchise Sales Solution to assist with franchise marketing, franchise sales and early development of the model. “This is a really great model that is ideal for someone who is looking for an investment opportunity or for someone who may already operate trampoline or jump centers, bowling alleys or other recreational type businesses.” Said John Armatas, President of The Franchise Sales Solution. “Dave has developed multiple revenue sources within the model, such as equipment repair, parties, military and tactical training and a retail shop. As he is found of saying, his customers go through lots and lots of airsoft bb’s.”


Offering both and indoor arena and outdoor field to prospective franchisees, the Combat City Franchise opportunity provides you a game-plan and roadmap to building a blockbuster business that you will love to own.

For more information on Combat City Franchise opportunities, click here.


Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:45:37 +0000 Erin Eagan

TaylorMarie's Apparel has been bringing fine quality clothing and accessories to women in the senior community since 2003. Periodic visits from the franchise can include fashion shows and luncheons with the chance for women to shop racks of up-to-date and affordable fashions.

Heidi Welbig has owned TaylorMarie's for 12 years and started franchising the mobile retail clothing store six years ago. In our Q&A with Welbig, she revealed that her grandmother was the inspiration behind the franchise. Welbig also shared her advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and what she looks for in potential franchisees.

What's special about the TaylorMarie's franchise?

It is unique concept going directly to the customer for shopping.

What is the idea behind the franchise?

My grandmother loved to shop. As she became older it was hard for her to get out. I used to bring her clothes but she missed the shopping experience. One day after she was very frustrated by not being able to shop I came home to my husband and said, ''I wish someone could bring in a bunch of clothes and she could go shopping.'' He thought that was a brilliant idea and that I should start that business. I took my early inheritance from my grandmother and started the business. Eleven years later we are in six states and growing.

How does TaylorMarie’s compare to its competition?

We are very unique in the market. We have very little competition in the country. The competition we do have are very small and run like a mom and pop. Everything about our company is professional and polished.

What were some of the challenges you faced when starting your franchise?

Finding a mobile POS system that could support the business.

Where did you research or get advice about starting a franchise?

I really went with my gut and just started.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My days are very varied, on the franchise side. I typically am reaching out to vendors, and prospects, and current franchisees most of the day. When I am running the currently location: I market in the morning and have an event in the afternoon. I run the event for four to six hours. Check in merchandise. Work with my customers. Try to market future bookings at the event. An event could also be a fashion show. Then I am busy working with models and moderating the show. Help with sales and close out books for the day.

What do you look for in a potential TaylorMarie’s franchisee?

The best franchisees are ones with self-confidence. There is a lot of sales involved. The franchisees cannot be afraid of rejection and making phone calls.

Where do you see the franchise in five years?

Growing to at least 15 franchises with over $5 million in sales.

Can you describe a typical day in the life of a TaylorMarie’s franchisee?

Marketing in the morning, setting up for an event in the afternoon. Working with models, moderating a fashion show, selling clothing and accessories, driving home and closing out books.

What's your background?

I have been in sales all my life. I was selling corporate office supplies.

What motivates you to keep going?

I have an extreme passion for the business. Twelve years in and I still love it! I also really enjoy helping the women achieve success by owning a franchise.

If you were to start again, what would you do differently?

A couple human judgment errors.

Please tell us your secret to success.

Hard work and passion for the business.

What is the worst job you have ever had and what did you learn from it?

Cleaning offices. Getting money for working hard.

What is one trend that really excites you?

Baby boomers!

What are your three favorite online tools or resources and what do you love about them?

I really like Facebook because it is an easy effective way to market. We will be starting a shopping site on Shopify this September. I am hopeful this will be a positive experience. Inforfree has been great for gathering lists and information.

Do you (or did you ever) have a mentor?

People who were successful in business have always fascinated me. Most of my best friends own businesses.

What advice do you have for others looking to own a franchise?

Purchase a business you have passion for. You will work hard, so you need to love what you do.

Would you recommend others be franchisees? Why?

This is a great business for anyone who loves fashion and also likes helping mature women. We bring joy to many people on a daily basis. How many businesses can say that?

Is there anything else you'd like to tell our readers?

I think how I started the business is very interesting. It is also great that we are able to give back through fundraising for charitable organizations. The company has donated to the Alzheimer's Association, local churches, synagogue and VFWS. It is rewarding to be a part of a fashion show that can contribute to our local communities.

Where can people get more information on TaylorMarie's franchise opportunities?

Visit the website here.

Where can people find TaylorMarie's on social media?


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

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