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 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:

Tue, 21 May 2019 00:57:18 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Tue, 21 May 2019 00:57:16 +0000 Carrol Strain
Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels

We have all heard of white collar crime. However, few people would be able to recite the dictionary definition right off the top of their head. Fewer still could quote a legal definition.

All the same, everyone knows that white collar crime is different from street crime such as mugging or auto theft. But how many different kinds of white collar crime are there? Moreover, what should you do if you're accused of a white collar crime?

What Is the Definition of White Collar Crime?

The Legal Information Institute of Cornell Law defines white collar crime as a variety of nonviolent crimes usually committed in commercial situations for financial gain. White collar crimes include defrauding government agencies, violating antitrust laws, money laundering, tax evasion, and telemarketing fraud.

What Are Some Common Types of These Crimes?

The most common type of white collar crime is corporate crime. Corporate crimes include things such as Ponzi schemes and insider trading. For instance, do you remember the investment fund run by Bernie Madoff? It was actually just a fund full of junk bonds.

The crime was serious in this case, as it affected thousands of people and involved billions of dollars in capital. Not inconsequentially, it resulted in several suicides, including Madoff's own son.

Embezzlement is another frequent crime. This means that a person has stolen money from the company for which they work. Bankruptcy fraud, on the other hand, takes place when a person hides assets after they have filed for bankruptcy.

Extortion is another form of this kind of crime. Extortion takes place when one party threatens another and forces them to pay money. For example, an extortionist might blackmail someone into keeping a secret or ask for hush money to keep the secret of another criminal.

Well-Known White Collar Crimes

The case of Martha Stewart's conviction for insider trading is a famous one. The woman best known for setting the perfect table found herself in prison after she sold all of her stock in the pharmaceutical company ImClone Systems.

Another example is Enron, which lied to its shareholders, claiming false profits. Many of their executives found themselves convicted or at least facing trial.


Penalties Can Be Severe

Depending on the nature of the offense, the penalty can be severe for white-collar offenses. Bernie Madoff is now in jail for the rest of his life. Martha Stewart went to jail for five months. Recently, actress Felicity Huffman was accused of bribing her child's way into school. Will she receive a penalty? That has yet to be determined.

What to Do If You Are Accused of a White Collar Crime

If you are accused of this type of crime, be sure to find a good Fort Worth criminal defense attorney, such as the attorneys at Cole Paschall Law. You’ll need a good attorney such as these, someone who understands the laws regarding this type of crime.

A criminal defense lawyer will be well-versed in any changes in criminal law. They will work hard to make sure you get the fair trial you deserve. They can look at the evidence and advise you on what to do to get your life back on track.

The post White Collar Crime: How Serious Is It? appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Mon, 20 May 2019 23:24:47 +0000 Carrol Strain

After you have experienced a personal injury, you have a lot on your mind. However, it's important to take the proper steps to seek compensation. In order to get the money you deserve, you need to go through the right channels. Follow the advice here, and you may be on your way to compensation.

(If, on the other hand, it is one of your employees who has been injured, especially if it’s a work-related injury, you’ll need to take heed of the laws in your state regarding workers’ compensation.)


1. Seek Medical Attention

But back to you, for now. If you have a serious personal injury, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Plus, don't hesitate to call an ambulance. Although an ambulance can be expensive, you might not need to cover the cost of one.

In addition to calling an ambulance, you might want to consider calling the police. This is particularly true of car accidents. By calling the police to the scene, you can have proof of the incident. The police report could support your claim of personal injury.

If your injuries don't require a trip to the emergency room, you should still seek medical attention. Your injuries could be more severe than you think. A doctor should give you a full examination and evaluate how the incident affected your health.

2. Call a Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles

After your accident, you should file a personal injury claim. But making a claim isn't easy, and you could benefit from working with a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles. An attorney can help you determine whether or not you have a case.

They can also help you with the paperwork and other aspects of your personal injury claim. If there's anything you can do to improve your chance at success, they will tell you. They can also let you know what to expect as you pursue compensation.

3. Record Everything

You should record everything that involves your incident. First, you should start by writing down your own account of what happened. Over time, your memory starts to distort the incident. You may think you remember the event clearly, but your memory could be incorrect.

To prevent memory distortion, you should write down facts about the incident that caused your personal injury immediately after it occurs. Include even the smallest of details. If there are any witnesses, write down their contact information. Later on, they may be able to support your claim.

You should also keep track of your health. If you experience any symptoms as a result of the accident, write them down. You should also document all of your time missed from work and your medical bills.

4. Continue with Treatment for Your Personal Injury

You might be tempted to put a stop to your medical treatment. However, this could be a mistake. If a doctor recommends a certain course of treatment for your personal injury, follow through with it. For instance, the doctor might suggest physical therapy. By following through with the therapy, you can show a court that you are trying to improve your own health.

Therefore, avoid missing doctor appointments and be diligent about taking your medication. In addition to improving your own health, doing so can improve your chances of a good outcome regardless of the nature of your personal injury.

5. Consult with Your Lawyer

Sometimes, the other party or an insurance company might make you an offer. Although the offer could seem appealing, you shouldn't take it. First, you should consult with your attorney. They can tell you whether or not the offer is a fair deal.

Most personal injury claims end in settlements. However, your attorney might need to negotiate a fair settlement. It's not always something that happens easily. More often than not, a lawyer needs to fight for justice.

The post What to Do After a Personal Injury Accident 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: © 2002-2010, 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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