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:

Fri, 24 Sep 2021 21:25:41 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Fri, 24 Sep 2021 21:22:45 +0000 Janelle
Featured image by TheDigitalArtist on Pixabay

It is a challenging process to move your business to a different country. However, when it comes to the ever-growing economy of Canada, this decision can be very rewarding. Canada has many benefits for its new immigrants, most of them at par to its citizens.

However, as a business immigrant and entrepreneur you'll find even more reasons to immigrate to the Great White North. Exploring new markets, taking advantage of its multi-cultural scene, wonderful government incentives, and business centric laws compel investors and businessmen to move to Canada with their business. Here are some of the top reasons why it is a great idea to move your business to Canada. 


1. Strong Economy 

Not only does Canada have a strong economy, the government also continuously makes every possible effort to evolve and strengthen it even further. There's no standstill when it comes to the job market and economy of Canada. That works in favor for business minded people. 

Moving your business to Canada is a very simple and straight forward process. The expansion costs are considerably lower when you compare it to other countries. For instance, the cost of starting or expanding your business in Canada is about 14.6% lower as compared to U.S companies. The same can be said in comparison to Australia, Germany, UK, and Japan as well. This is because of the low corporate taxes and friendly immigration policies and pathways. 

2. Ease of Establishing Business 

Canada welcomes a large influx of new immigrants every year. This also means that a lot of these immigrants use the highly competent skilled worker pathway for their PR. This highly skilled workforce is beneficial for anyone who wants to move their business to Canada as they can build a workforce from skilled workers from all over the world. Having access to this kind of talent and skills is unique to Canadian companies. 

You'll also find it considerably easier to do business in Canada as the country ranks 22nd in the list of 190 countries in the World Bank on its ease of doing business rankings. The statistics further puts Canada on 7th position when it comes to ease of obtaining credit. Other factors that contribute towards ease of doing business include the abundant natural resources of Canada as well as fundamental human rights and added freedoms and facilities that make resettlement smooth and fruitful. 


3. Main Hub of Trade 

Canada is the epicenter of trading activities and gives you access to global markets. The country has harmonious trade agreements with numerous countries. The Global Affairs Canada has reported that Canada is the only country in G7 to have trade agreements with the remaining G7 member countries.

This shows that you can definitely gain huge profits and best returns if you move your business to Canada. It also offers remarkable access to the market with its 117 border crossings to the U.S, 24 international airports, and 17 seaports. Canada is well connected. It has robust transport that offers smooth and uninterrupted business operations with direct access to Europe, South America, and Asia. 

4. Low Corruption Rates 

One of the main concerns of moving your business to a new country is corruption rates. Thankfully, the corruption rates in Canada are the lowest amongst the G20 members. Furthermore, it maintains a steady standard of being on the 12th position globally as the safest country for investing in business. Thus, this is one of the top reasons why foreign investors are always interested in expanding their business in Canada. 

5. Politically Stable 

Canada is just one step behind Japan and ranks as the second politically stable country amongst the G7 countries. It also has excellent support from its government, especially for business activities. The COVID-19 response of the Canadian government has supported businesses, sectors, individuals, and organizations of the Canadian territories and provinces in an exemplary way. This is another excellent reason why you should move your business to Canada.



You can reap many benefits if you move your business to Canada. An authentic Canada immigration consultant (RCIC) can help you move to Canada through one of the competent immigration programs specifically designed for businessmen and entrepreneurs who are wishing to move or invest in the country. Enjoy the numerous advantages and benefits of being a foreign investor in Canada. 

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Canada awaits to welcome you and your business. So, what are you waiting for? 

The post 5 Reasons Why You Should Move Your Business to Canada appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Fri, 24 Sep 2021 20:14:34 +0000 Janelle
Featured image by Byronton on Pixabay

There are many industries to consider before choosing where to invest your money. However, out all the industries you could choose to invest in, one that is often discussed is the eSports industry. Though it seems to have recently popped up in recent years, it is actually older than most people think. With this area growing, this could be a great opportunity to invest this year.


A Growing Market

The eSports market has shown phenomenal growth over the past few years. And, its growth is predicted to increase further. The release of certain big titles and the improvements to accessibility means that amateurs have plenty of chances to play in tournaments and other competitive arenas.

Thus far, it is estimated that there will be 26.6 million monthly eSports viewers in 2021. This is 11.4% higher than in 2020. Furthermore, we are unlikely to see any signs of this growth slowing down. Just as more people are choosing to watch eSports, so are those choosing to engage with them.

Interesting Opportunities

The growth in the eSports industry has brought on an increased need for investment across multiple areas. Many industry leaders and entrepreneurs like Tej Kohli and Mark Cuban are exploring the opportunities available to them as things continue to grow and potential investments emerge.

There are two avenues of investment here that most entrepreneurs are looking into. The first is the eSports teams themselves. For example, investments into an eSports team can make improvements to the team itself and help the players achieve their goals, similarly to traditional sports teams. On top of this, the arenas themselves are an investment opportunity as well.They are able to create a fantastic venue that can be used for much more than just eSports.

Mainstream Broadcasting

As the world of investments has grown, so has mainstream interest in them. Broadcasting eSports games used to take place on platforms like Twitch and YouTube. This is not going to change anytime soon. In addition to streaming competitions, these platforms allow players to interact with their audiences on a much closer basis.

However, we are now seeing mainstream media broadcasting eSports. As the interest around these games has grown, so has the industry as a whole. It has evolved from a sector loved by a few, to an industry enjoyed by mainstream audiences. Choosing to invest at this key crossover period could produce some interesting results further down the line.


Final Thoughts

If there was a time to consider investing in the eSports industry, it would definitely be now. There are many interesting points to remember here, and many different opportunities presenting themselves.

As eSports begin to occupy a more mainstream role in society, these opportunities might become more difficult to find. If you are searching for the perfect time to investigate what the eSports industry might hold for an investor, now is the ideal time to do it.


The post What Makes the eSports Industry a Great Investment 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

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