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/ ) is a good site listing 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
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


  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="3"}%

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

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:55:27 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:55:22 +0000 Carrol Strain

Traveling abroad for work? In today's interconnected world, many people travel overseas for business. They do so for a number of reasons.

While not quite the same as going on holiday, business travel can be enjoyable. However, you need to make sure you have everything you need for a successful trip.

Here are a few basic tips to follow when you’re traveling abroad for work.

Arrange for Transport and Accommodation

First, it is essential that you have travel and accommodations arranged for all aspects of your trip so that you know exactly where you need to be at all times.

In addition to your flights, this is also likely to include transport to the airport, along with travel to your hotel. It will also be important for you to know how you will get around. For example, will you be renting a car, booking cabs ahead of time, or using public transport?

Obtain Necessary Visas and Permits

Before you go, check whether you will need any visas or permits for the country you are traveling to. This is sometimes the case whether you’re visiting for work or for pleasure.

Visas and permits can take some time to arrange. So check these as soon as possible.

Travel Abroad with the Right Documentation

Following this, you must also make sure that you have the right documentation for a successful trip. A passport is, obviously, a priority.

However, you might also need a document wallet to hold your tickets, booking confirmations, and any work documents you will need. You should also have digital backups.

Obtain Business Travel Insurance

Business travel insurance should also be arranged once you have made bookings. Of course, you hope you will not need it. However, it is better to be safe than sorry. Business travel insurance will cover potentially costly aspects such as flight cancellations, theft, and medical incidents.

Pack Lightly When Traveling Abroad

You will want to pack lightly when traveling abroad. However, you also want to ensure you have everything you need. This can be challenging.

It is important to keep in mind that this is a work trip and not for leisure. Therefore, you should not need a huge amount. But it is a good idea to have comfortable clothing for the times when you are not working.

It is then a matter of having work clothing, gadgets for travel, electronics you need for work and pleasure, and toiletries.


Traveling Abroad for Business Is Commonplace Today

Business travel is common today. However, but it can still cause a great deal of stress for many people.

Hopefully, the information in this post will help to reduce your stress when you're traveling abroad, while also ensuring you have everything you need for a productive trip.

The post Some Tips for Traveling Abroad for Business appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:03:06 +0000 Carrol Strain

Commercial buildings have the highest energy demands in the market. And they also account for significant wastage. This means exorbitant costs and lower energy efficiency, which eventually damage your bottom line. What to do? Let's take a look.


How to Boost Your Office Building's Energy Efficiency

Many entrepreneurs started 2020 with a lot of targets to achieve and challenges to overcome.

Facing the opportunities of this promising year, many also swore to start fresh and get fit. However, they forgot to keep their buildings fit!

Get Your Building Healthy and Fit

Don't be surprised. Buildings can become fat and lazy, too.

Commercial buildings have the highest energy demands in the market. And they also account for significant wastage. This means exorbitant costs and lower energy efficiency. These eventually damage your bottom line.

Therefore, it's high time we start focusing on the energy health of our buildings.

Fortunately, there are many ways by which you can increase the energy efficiency of your building and save a lot of money in the process. Here are some of them.

Justify How Much You Need

First off, create an action plan documenting how much energy you actually need. Then, instead of reducing energy consumption immediately, eliminate wastage.

Get an energy audit conducted and identify hidden energy leaks. Also measure the air-tightness of the building's structure. Based on the report, rectify problematic areas. For example:

  • Should you invest in an energy-efficient air conditioner, or retrofit the building effectively and eliminate the need for air conditioning at all?
  • How can you save electricity?
  • Have you compared the plans at utility providers in the area or on local energy comparison sites?

Here’s something to think about. Origin energy plans come with the option to offset greenhouse emissions. Plus, they cater to both residential and business customers.

Go Retro for More Energy Efficiency

Retro commission the building to improve the energy efficiency of its equipment and systems. This will help you address problems with the current design and structure of the building. Moreover, it will also help you avoid expensive repairs in the future.

This is because running an uncommissioned building is like driving an old, worn-out car with a fuel cap hanging open. Sounds stupid, doesn't it?

Add Exterior Insulation

Sun-proof the building to reduce its reliance on air conditioning during summer. This is the best way to cut down on energy waste and increase energy efficiency.

For one thing, air conditioning is a significant energy sink. This means it consumes a lot of energy and spikes up your energy bill. To counteract this, add exterior insulation.

Also, consider using solar screens, films, and remote-controlled louvred blinds.

Update or Replace Windows

Windows have transformed in the last two decades. The right windows can help conserve energy and reduce your energy expenses.

By saving heat during winter and losing heat during summer, the right windows can maintain an optimal temperature all year around. So get your current windows replaced with energy-efficient ones.

However, if your windows are in good condition, don't replace them. Just update them. You will still notice a massive change in your building’s total energy consumption.

Below are a few things you need to consider when choosing windows:

  • Operating type
  • Material
  • Frames

Be Responsible and Encourage Others to Be as Well

Numerous studies reveal that human behavior plays a huge role in energy wastage and consumption. Therefore, take charge and be the change.

For example, adopt green methods and promote sustainable business practices. It probably sounds like a broken record, but the importance of reducing energy consumption cannot be overstated.

Use flow meters to measure and monitor the flow of water and gases in your daily operations. Also, try building a green team, and applaud your employees for following green practices.

Educate your staff. One change can change everything.

Energy Efficiency Is Crucial

Energy management is crucial. In fact, we have a global need to save energy. This global need affects energy prices, emission targets, and legislation, all of which provide compelling reasons to start making your building healthy and energy-efficient.

The post How to Boost Your Building's Energy Efficiency appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 03:27:46 +0000 Mel Martinez
Four successful small business owners offer invaluable insight and advice into how to avoid common yet deadly pitfalls when launching your own business.  

Starting a new business can be exciting but it's also risky. The Small Business Association recently found that only 25% of small businesses last longer than fifteen years. Sadly, there are many common yet deadly mistakes you can make that will suck the life out of your new company before you have the chance to get it off the ground.

The good news is that others have gone before you. Small business owners have overcome the pitfalls. And many are willing to share their advice on how to start a company that will be successful long-term. Read on to see how experts address four common questions regarding launching out to become an entrepreneur.

Why Do People Bother Starting a Business in the First Place?

Most experts agree that many people start their own business because they hate working for a boss and would rather work for themselves. At the same time, as Laith Pahlawan from Orange Crew notes, some entrepreneurs are simply disillusioned by businesses in their field. They believe that they can do a better job than existing companies. Additionally, many people think that starting their own business is a good way to earn lots of money.

What’s the Biggest Mistake People Make When Starting Their Own Business?

Nick Allo from Semtech IT Solutions points out that one of the biggest mistakes people make is starting a business without a sound financial plan. Such a plan includes not only the funding needed to get a company off the ground but also money to live on.

It is also necessary to have a plan outlining how you, the business owner, will get paid. Ilan Sredni from Palindrome Consulting seconds Mr. Allo’s emphasis on a financial plan. He also points out that it’s imperative to include marketing as an integral part of any financial plan.


Getting a business off the ground without a marketing budget is extremely difficult. Bryan Ferrario from Alliance Technology Partners points out that starting a business without doing proper market research is a huge mistake that any aspiring business owner will want to avoid.

Anyone considering starting a new business should know some essential metrics. These include the market demand for potential products or services. Also, new business owners must know the average rate charged for the products or services they plan to offer.

The research doesn’t end there. A ton of research is in order to ensure the business launch is ultimately successful.

Laith Pahlawan states that one big mistake is to treat one’s business as they would a self-employed contracting job. In other words, some new business owners think they will provide a service, get paid for it, and that’s that.

However, that’s not how a business works. A business is scalable. It includes expansion, which means paying attention to sales, marketing, human resources, and so on.

When Should a Person Build a Company?

Many people who prefer self-employment to traditional employment start by working in the gig economy before setting up their own companies. This is a wise move. It can help a future business owner get to know the industry. Gig work also provides networking opportunities. These offer leverage once the new business is launched. However, those transitioning from gig jobs to launching a company need to know how to tell if the time is right to make the switch.

Laith Pahlawan states that an entrepreneur should make the switch when they have a large enough order or contract to build a business infrastructure and scale the business up.

Bryan Ferrario, on the other hand, states that a person should seriously consider if moving from contracting to running a business is a good idea at all. He notes the difference between starting a new business or just being one’s own boss. Those who have an in-demand skill but don’t want the hassle of hiring and working with employees may find that contracting is the better choice for them.

What Is One Thing You Would Have Done Differently?

Laith Pahlawan comments that he wishes he had started his business with a partner rather than on his own. A partner can provide motivation and assistance that can make the challenging process of launching a successful business much easier. Alternatively, those who cannot find a suitable partner may want to get support from a mentor, supplier, sponsor, peer group, family member, or friend.

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Bryan Ferrario, on the other hand, found that starting a business with two partners who weren’t committed to its success was a big mistake. He notes that there needs to be a clear agreement between partners. Such agreements should specify:

  • roles for each business partner
  • how each person will be compensated
  • profit distribution among partners
  • how shares in the business are to be handled in the case of death or departure.

A Final Note

Are you considering starting your own business? If so, consider the advice outlined above and adapt it to suit your needs. Doing so can increase your chances of success while helping you avoid difficult, time-consuming problems and situations.

The post Read This Before Starting a New Business 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: v2.21 - 12 Feb 2009
Change History:  
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 - 12 Jan 2009
-- TWiki:Main.MichaelDaum - 13 Sep 2007

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