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:

HeadlinesPlugin ERROR: 500 Can't connect to slashdot.org:443 (Timeout)

Business Opportunities Weblog


%HEADLINES{"http://www.business-opportunities.biz/feed" limit="3"}%

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

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:57:40 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 02:03:34 +0000 Laurie Bennett
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People work to provide themselves and their families with the basic essentials of life. When a person does a job, he or she deserves fair wages. But unfortunately, wage violations are far from rare in reality. If a person is not paid fairly, they need to take swift action to protect their rights.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), non-exempt workers have a legal right to overtime compensation if they work more than 40 hours in a week. But much of the time, south Florida employers violate this federal law.

Of course, as an employer you always pay your workers fairly. However, do you know someone who is not being paid fairly? If so, suggest to them that they consult an attorney in Florida who specializes in cases of unpaid overtime. These attorneys help workers get compensation for unpaid overtime. Additionally, your friend might even want to start a business of their own. Here are few business ideas for them to consider.




Home-Based Opportunities

Working from home is economical because you don't need to go anywhere. Therefore, you can save money on automobile maintenance and repairs. What’s more, home-based opportunities offer flexibility. People working from home can often be more productive because they can set their own schedules.


Fitness Business

Fitness centers provide safety and a comfortable workout environment. Moreover, many people love to boast about having visited the gym. Especially considering theculture in south Florida, your fitness center could become a lucrative business.


Advertisement and Promotion

Advertising helps manufacturers to expand their businesses. What’s more, businesses large and small of all kinds continuously need advertising to stay ahead of their competition. With all of the businesses in Florida, a business that’s based on marketing and advertising could lead to entrepreneurial success.


Credit Consultant

When the economy is poor people often get themselves into trouble with credit card debt. Are you good with giving advice and helping people with their money? Then perhaps being a credit consultant is the right career for you. You could advise people about paying off debt, negotiating interest rates, and learning to make better financial decisions. When you’re ready, you could expand your business by contacting local loan officers to request referrals from them about people you might be able to help.


Online Business Opportunities

Most new business take a lot of set-up time. However, if you are starting an online business, you don't have to wait. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection.

What’s more, online businesses have unlimited income potential. Most owners of online businesses love the work they do. Moreover, more than half of the world’s people, roughly 3.2 billion people, now use the Internet. Any number of those people could be looking for the service you plan to provide. Do a good job for them, and your online business could eventually lead you to financial success.


Take Matters into Your Own HandsIf You’re Not Being Paid Fairly

There are thousands of people who are not being paid fairly. Many of these people could build a better life for themselves by starting a business of their own. If you believe this describes you or a friend of yours, consult the suggestions listed here.

The post Not Getting Paid Fairly? Check out These Business Ideas in Florida appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 01:59:08 +0000 Laurie Bennett
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Workflow automation is a relatively new practice that is taking the world of business by storm. Creating automated workflow processes can be difficult initially. However, it gets easier with time. Many companies use dedicated workflow management software to help build an automated culture for their workplace.

There's plenty of information out there on how to build an automated culture using workflow automation processes. However, a lot of this information is vague and confusing. This makes it difficult to get started from scratch.

With this in mind, here's a complete guide to help you build an automated culture for your business.




Start by Automating Simple Processes

Workplace automation can be confusing, and it can take a while to get the hang of it. Moreover, a lot of people fall into the trap of trying to automate the most difficult processes in their workplace, rather than the simplest.

Think of it like learning how to swim or how to ride a bike. When you start out, you will probably lack confidence and feel a bit unsure of yourself. You need to take baby steps to start with. Otherwise, you will probably be overwhelmed and won't do things right.


Choose Processes That Are Already Working Well

If you've never automated a workflow process before, you should start as simply as you can. Go for processes that are already well documented and that people understand. Automation shouldn't change the process significantly. However, it should help speed it up and make it more efficient.

Below are a few examples of simple processes that you could automate in your workplace:

  • Reimbursement requests usually involve a lot of paperwork and time. Using an automated workflow and digital forms can streamline the process. This reduces the amount of time your employees spend on it.
  • Service request processing can take a lot of time and effort to organize and keep on top of. This category encompasses everything from maintenance requests to transport arrangements. What’s more, you and your team can effectively manage it using workflow automation.

Streamlining your company's simple processes is the key developing the beginnings of an automated culture. You may feel resistance from your employees at the beginning. However, they will adjust to the new processes over time.


Consider Using a Business Process Management Platform

To do workflow automation right, you need to take advantage of the great software tools out there. Building your own automation is complex and hard to do. Many automated processes require the cooperation of multiple departments within the same company. If everyone doesn't know their role and what they're supposed to be doing, you can face problems.

One of the best ways to overcome these problems is by using a business process management (BPM) platform. BPM platforms are designed to streamline workflow processes and help you build a strong automated culture.

Using a BPM platform to build an automated workplace culture offers a lot of benefits, including the following:

  • BPM platforms make people accountable. Manual processes often leave people unsure of their roles and what they're supposed to do in certain situations. Automated processes make sure that everyone knows exactly what they're supposed to do, and how to do it.
  • BPM platforms let separate departments work together efficiently. You will find a lot less conflict between departments once everyone knows their role and how they can contribute to an automated process.
  • High-quality BPM platforms allow quick and easy integration of new workflow processes and company procedures. This allows you and other employees to get more out of your time, maximizing your efficiency.

It's definitely worth exploring your options when it comes to BPM platforms. There are different platforms for different types of businesses. Therefore, you might have to look at a few before you find one that suits your needs.


Ensure Your Employees Are on Board With Automated Processes

You will find that some of your employees will struggle to adapt to new workflow processes and an automated culture. It's up to you to make sure that they understand what's required of them and why they need to use the new system. People will make mistakes in the first few months. However, it's a good idea for you to emphasize the new processes and how important they are to the overall performance of your company.

You might find it useful to have a company meeting when you implement new automated workflow processes. In this meeting, you can explain what these processes are and why you have decided to use them. Doing this will help build an automated culture. Furthermore, it will ensure that your employees are on board with your new processes.


Be Patient When Instilling an Automated Culture into Your Workplace

Building an automated culture isn't something you can do overnight. However, it's worth putting the effort in and streamlining your workflow processes. That’sbecause the long-term benefits will significantly outweigh any short-term costs.

Consider using a business process management platform to help create an automated culture in your workplace. Start by streamlining simple workflow processes and make sure your employees understand why you're changing things.


About the Author

Neil Miller is the Creative Services Director at OrangeScape, makers of KiSSFLOW. He loves to hear new ways that organizations are streamlining their processes. Neil spends his free time thinking about the coming automation onslaught, self-driving cars, and the human-computer symbiosis.

The post How to Build an Automated Culture in Your Company appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 01:59:01 +0000 Laurie Bennett
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Watching your business grow is thrilling. Seeing all that hard work and creativity come together and your innovative ideas coming to fruition is incredibly motivating. However, as a business develops, frequent evaluations are crucial to ensure the company's growth is not constrained. Perhaps you've even found yourself wondering if it might be time to switch to an automated system.

High productivity is key to running a successful business. Moreover, using easy process automation software to track workflows is one of the best investments you can make to keep productivity and development on the rise.




Long-Term Planning Is Paramount

Perhaps you are thinking, ''Everything seems to be running okay now on a manual system. Why rock the boat?'' While your business may be getting along okay now, think down the road a bit. In five years, how much growth do you project? How many more products, employees, and systems will be in place? Will your current system withstand the growth while remaining efficient?

As your company expands, your team will likely spend more time on day-to-day functions. Additionally, the company’s output will probably decline if you continue using manual systems. However, you could choose to switch to easy process automation early in your company's life. Thereafter, productivity can continue to increase along with the company's expansion as routine processes run smoothly. In turn, the speed of workflow execution will positively affect customer service. That’s because response time is cut down. Moreover, you’ll be able to deliver accurate information and consistent experiences to your customers.


Workplace Productivity Has Room for Improvement

American workers are speaking out about productivity issues in the workplace. According to Workfront's2018 State of Work survey, conducted by Regina Corso Consulting, American workers admit that only 40% of their workday is spent on primary tasks. About 10% of the day is spent in productive meetings. Meanwhile, the rest of the day-50%-goes to email, administrative tasks, wasteful meetings, interruptions for unimportant tasks, and other duties. Imagine what these workers could accomplish if their company had tools to automate their workflows and recapture that big chunk of time. Consider these examples:

Employee Management

Process automation gets each new employee on a streamlined entry and training process. Therefore, no one slips through the cracks during the crucial training period. In short, companies can eliminate much of the manual labor that goes into new hires, including documentation, throughhuman resource process automation.

Finance Processing

Sometimes miscommunication or lost documents can lead to discrepancies and confusion. When this happens, team members waste valuable time hunting precise financial information. In contrast, companies can more efficiently mange budget approvals, asset purchases, travel and mileage reimbursements, and vendor payments usingautomated financial tools.

Administrative Tasks

Data collection and data entry require much attention to detail. Even the most experienced specialists are prone to human error. Not only can mistakes be avoided, but also the speed of entry will exponentially increase on an automated process. Approvals for things like budget line items and time off, as well as providing status updates to managers, are easily tracked using online tools. This frees up employees to put quality time into high-value work.


Do your team members' email boxes overflow with requests? When an email inbox gets stacked up, it's easy to miss critical emails. With process automation, your team will spend less time patrolling their email inboxes. That’s because requests and reports will be sent through the shared system.


A Transition Well Worth the Effort

Building an automated company culture is the first step toward consolidating all these tools. Rather than using email, messaging, product management, and an endless number of other tools, you can look for a platform that lets you do it all and collaborate in the same environment. In other words, you can avoid having lots of tabs permanently open.

Will it take some time to help your team understand the value of investing energy into learning a new process? Maybe, but if your team truly cares about your company's future and success, they will take the necessary steps to transition to an automated system. Workfront's study revealed that 82% of workers are excited to learn new things as automation becomes more present in the workforce. Therefore, chances are most of your employees are ready to give it a try.

For those who have reservations concerning a new system, management will need to be patient, explaining reasons for change along the way. Communicating the current complications that will be eliminated by an automated process also helps. It won't take long before they start seeing the benefits themselves. This will increase efforts to adapt.


Adopt a Simple Automated Solution

Selecting a no-code solution like KiSSFLOW avoids the inconvenience of hiring IT experts and writing code. All the necessary tools have already been created and are at your disposal, ready for use. Applications can be altered or custom-made according to your business's specific needs. As your company grows, you can add applications and scale them as necessary. Any team member can easily learn to use the simple user-friendly interface. They can thereby be freed of time-consuming paperwork to pursue the heart of their profession.

Watch your business-and the people who make it happen-excel on easy process automation. It’s an investment that will continually reap benefits in every facet of your company.


About the Author

Neil Miller is the Creative Services Director at OrangeScape, makers of KiSSFLOW. He loves to hear new ways that organizations are streamlining their processes. Neil spends his free time thinking about the coming automation onslaught, self-driving cars, and the human-computer symbiosis.

The post How to Get Your Business Off to an Automated Start 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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