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Headlines Plugin


This plugin displays RSS and ATOM feeds from news sites. Use it to build news portals that show headline news.

Note: ( ) 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 (
- $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 (
- $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 (
- $description: news item description (item.description)
- $date: the publication date (item.pubDate,
- $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{"" limit="3"}%

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

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:20:31 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:06:55 +0000 Dane Carlson

In court filings this week, the International Franchise Association provided new details in support of its legal challenge to the provisions of Seattle's new minimum wage law that discriminate against small franchise businesses.
This past June, the IFA and several local franchise business owners in Seattle filed a lawsuit to challenge the discriminatory provisions of Seattle's new minimum wage law. In August, the IFA requested a preliminary injunction to halt, pending the completion of the litigation, the part of the new law that unfairly classifies small franchise businesses as large employers.

If the minimum wage law were to go into effect in April 2015 as written, small franchise businesses would be forced to pay a much higher wage than other small businesses. That would put those local franchise business owners at a significant competitive disadvantage and could result in closed businesses and lost jobs.

In the past few weeks,more briefs have been filed and depositions have been taken as part of IFA's lawsuit.

On Friday, Oct. 10, the IFA filed a response to the city's brief regarding the preliminary injunction request. That IFA brief can be found in two parts here (Reply Brief) and here (Supporting Declaration).

IFA's Reply Brief includes legal arguments in favor of the preliminary injunction, and IFA's Supporting Declaration includes new evidence in the form of emails from city officials and business leaders and excerpts of depositions of the city's expert witness, Scott Shane, and three of the Seattle franchise business owners who filed the lawsuit along with IFA: Kathy Lyons, Ronald Oh and Chuck Stempler.

Some of the highlights from IFA's latest filing:

  • The IFA notes that the city did not counter the documents and emails filed by IFA in August that showed the city's move to add the discriminatory provisions against local franchise business owners was at the behest of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which in turn wanted to ''break the franchise model'' and enable unions to organize employees at franchise businesses. Nick Hanauer, a member of Mayor Ed Murray's advisory committee, is quoted in the August brief telling City Council President Tim Burgess that the local franchise business owner provisions were added because Hanauer and his allies on the Mayor's advisory committee didn't like franchise businesses and wanted them out of the city.

  • In its brief Friday, IFA said the city has not offered declarations from Mayor Murray, Mr. Hanauer, Council member Kshama Sawant or local SEIU head David Rolf - to counter the IFA's documents showing the city's discriminatory motive for treating small franchise businesses less favorably than small non-franchise businesses. (Reply Brief, Pgs. 13 and 19)

  • In a deposition of Scott Shane, a professor at Case Western Reserve University and the city's expert witness on franchises, Shane agrees that franchisors and local franchise business owner are separate and independent companies and that a local franchise business owner is just as legally independent as a non-franchise business. He agrees that a local franchise business owner's employees are not the franchisor's employees. (Supporting Declaration, Pgs. 15-33)

  • In depositions of three Seattle franchise business owners who filed the lawsuit with IFA - Kathy Lyons, the owner of a BrightStar Care home health care business; Ronald Oh, the general manager and an owner of a Holiday Inn Express; and Chuck Stempler, the owner of two AlphaGraphics print shops in Seattle - the business owners say they will be at a disadvantage compared to their non-franchise competitors if the law goes into effect. They will suffer a large increase in their labor costs and be subject to a $15 per hour minimum wage in just three years, while their non-franchise competitors will have seven years to phase in the higher minimum wage. (Supporting Declaration, Pgs. 34-69)

Seattle's new minimum wage law treats local franchise business owners not as the small businesses they are, but as large employers. Local franchise business owners with fewer than 500 employees must adopt the $15 minimum wage on the same expedited three-year timetable as big businesses with more than 500 employees, beginning in April 2015. The new law gives non-franchised businesses with fewer than 500 employees seven years to phase in the $15 minimum wage.

''With such a blatant discriminatory attack on the business community, Seattle may find it difficult to attract future business conventions like the American Bar Association (ABA) franchise conference, which has drawn 1,200 franchise attorneys to Seattle this week and brought at least $1.5 million to Seattle hotels, restaurants and other businesses,'' said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira.

''Franchise businesses are one of the largest drivers to Seattle's economy, with 600 local franchise business owners employing 19,000 people, and this economic strength is on display with the ABA conference this week,'' Caldeira said. ''In the U.S., franchise businesses are responsible for one out of every eight private-sector jobs and 3.4 percent of the gross domestic product. Local franchise business owners create new local jobs and new businesses at twice the rate of other business segments.''

Go to to learn more about the lawsuit and the coalition of Seattle small business owners working together to oppose the local franchise business owner provisions in the city's minimum wage law.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:04:08 +0000 Dane Carlson

STONEWORK Franchising is now open for business. STONEWORK Franchising opened for business a few months ago and is tackling the hardest part about leaving the military, uncertainty.

STONEWORK Franchising is a free consulting service and mentorship company for military and veteran transitions into business ownership. Stonework is a matchmaker that connects you to successful business systems. STONEWORK franchising is a ''no cost consultant service'' because the businesses in the company's network pick up the tab for their services to the veteran. With clients, STONEWORK Franchising will establish a timeline that suits the veteran's needs and expectations.

Life changing experiences of several combat deployments is experience in the company's arsenal that is already proven to help Vets make the leap. Deployment experience is perfectly suited for entrepreneurship. STONEWORK Franchising provides cutting edge guidance on a path to ownership for future franchisees. STONEWORK successfully matches military, corporate professionals and veterans to the perfect opportunity with its hard as granite support and service.

STONEWORK Franchising has now launched The Stepping Stone Program, providing services to those military personnel who are a few years out, to help them plant the seed for more options upon exit. It provides a platform and long term strategy for transitioning instead of the One Month Left Scramble.

''I was a ground, tactical interrogator 2007-09 and was doing other Intel related missions until recently. I wanted something simple and something that would allow me time to enjoy being at home with family. I now operate what's called a lifestyle business because it is completely flexible and run out of the home. I am a full time student and stay at home dad. I have met clients everywhere and I love to talk about business opportunities for veterans.'' – STONEWORK Franchising’s President and Founder: Alexander Hildenbrandt.

STONEWORK Franchising tries to give the same outcome to other guys who have been geared up for years and need comfort and financial security in their life. Providing education on how to incorporate other vet benefits and resources available to make the business transformation happen.

STONEWORK Franchising thanks those who are still serving today. It is a great pleasure to work with others who have served and deliver entrepreneurial success and security. STONEWORK Franchising is proud to be open for business.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:02:02 +0000 Dane Carlson

The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., the world’s premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, announced today that it is actively seeking franchisees on the East Coast to bring its interactive dining experience to Portland, Maine, naming the city as a target for future franchise development.

The brand plans to enter Portland for the first time with the development of a new location. Portland is one of a number of select markets throughout the U.S. where the company is looking to recruit qualified new franchisees. Additional markets targeted for expansion include Anchorage, Alaska; Hartford, Conn.; Charleston, S.C.; New York City; Houston, Texas and Little Rock, Ark., as well as Vancouver and Calgary, Canada.

“The Melting Pot concept is backed by more than 30 years of experience in franchising and nearly 40 years of brand recognition, making this an ideal business opportunity for entrepreneurs,” said Dan Stone, vice president of franchise development for Front Burner Brands. “We look forward to bringing our one-of-a-kind, polished casual dining experience to the Portland market for the very first time. We’re confident that The Melting Pot will be a welcomed addition to the community.”

The Melting Pot operates more than 130 restaurants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and has more than 20 locations in development internationally. The concept is known for offering an assortment of flavorful fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrées served with signature dipping sauces. The menu features a variety of la carte selections, highlighting customizable options that invite guests to enjoy one, two, three or more courses as they select any combination of individually-priced cheese fondues, salads, entrées and chocolate fondues.

To further fuel its national expansion, the company is actively seeking qualified franchisees and will host a webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. (EST). To register, please visit

The Melting Pot is seeking entrepreneurs with business backgrounds and/or preferably restaurant experience who are passionate about the brand and want to be their own bosses. Franchisee candidates should have a credit score of 650 or higher, a minimum net worth of $750,000 and liquid assets of at least $325,000 per unit. Depending on the real estate site selected, franchisees can expect the total investment for one restaurant to be approximately $977,000 to $1,436,000. Single-unit and multi-unit franchise opportunities are available with an initial franchise fee of $45,000 per unit.

To learn more about ownership opportunities with The Melting Pot, contact Ashley Pollard, franchise development manager for The Melting Pot, at 800-783-0867 ext. 152 or or visit

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 "";
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{PORT} - proxy port, such as "8080";
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{SkipProxyForDomains} - domains excluded from proxy, such as ",";

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/ plugin perl module
    lib/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin/ plugin core
    Check if above examples show a news feed instead of variable.
  • Optionally, run 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
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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