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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: 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:

HeadlinesPlugin ERROR: 501 Protocol scheme 'https' is not supported (Crypt::SSLeay or IO::Socket::SSL not installed)

Business Opportunities Weblog


%HEADLINES{ "http://www.business-opportunities.biz/feed" limit="2" }%

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

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:09:02 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 03:14:28 +0000 Laurie B

by Tubz

What Exactly Is A Franchise & How Can They Help You Make Money?

If you're looking for a business opportunity which allows you to jump on board with an established brand and work to a tried and tested formula, a franchise could be the perfect solution for you. There are all kinds of business opportunities out there online, most of which start with something along the lines of '”Make a Ton of Money an hour from your front room.” Guess what? If it looks to good to be true…it probably is.

But there are some genuine opportunities to become your own boss if you know what to look for.

Many of the well known shops and restaurants you see on your local high street are actually franchises. Despite the fact that they have a well known brand name above the door, like Domino's or McDonald's, they are actually businesses owned by private individuals. A franchise business is a simply a method of expanding a business and distributing the goods or services it produces more widely. The owners of the business, 'the franchisors', sell the rights to the business logo, name and business model to an independent, third party operator known as 'the franchisee'. The franchisor not only specifies the products and services the franchisee is able to sell, but also provides them with an operating system, equipment, training and supplies. The result is a string of privately owned businesses that all operate in exactly the same way.

The franchisee will pay an initial upfront fee for the right to do business under the trade name of the franchisor. This sum will also include all the training and equipment the franchisee needs to be able to deliver exactly the same products and services as the parent business. That is why every Domino's Pizza (this is not an advert by the way) will taste exactly the same wherever you go, despite the fact that each restaurant will be owned by an independent third party.

Once the franchisee begins to trade, it will also pay an ongoing royalty payment, which could be on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. This payment will usually be a percentage of the franchisee's revenue.

Most franchising deals will include:

  • Site selection
  • Assistance with development of the site
  • Training for the franchisee and their management team
  • Initial and ongoing marketing and advertising
  • Research and development of new products and services
  • Ongoing support and assistance from head office

The shop, restaurant, or alternative business, will always be an exact replica of the parent business to keep the brand consistent. This means that the franchisee will not have as much control over the business as they would if they set up on their own enterprise. However, they will have the added security of investing in an established brand and a formula that has been proven to be successful.

Control of a franchise is generally quite strict, and will include everything from the staff uniforms to the marketing literature that appears in the store. In most cases, the pricing will also be standardised across all franchises to keep the brand's advertising and promotions streamlined and consistent. Once all the training has been completed, the franchisee will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the business and will make or lose money based on its individual performance.

As part of some franchising deals, the franchisee may also receive exclusive territory rights, which ensure that another franchise will not be sold within a certain distance of their business. The franchise deal will also include a term, typically 5-10 years, after which time the franchisee will usually have the right to renew the franchising deal if they're willing to cough up more cash.

Believe it or not, the very first example of franchising dates all the way back to the Middle Ages, when local governments granted high church officials (and other important folk) a license to maintain order and collect taxes on their behalf. These important individuals could also hold markets, and perform business related activities, as long as they paid money, for protection among other things, to the lords. This 'protection' essentially ensured that no one else could set up a commercial venture in the same territory.

Next, we jump to colonial times, when what were known as 'Franchise Kings' would authorise individuals to run local markets and hold fairs on their behalf. These franchising rights were bestowed upon local citizens who agreed to take on the risk of moving to a new area and establishing a new colony. Their reward for taking on the risk of creating a new colony was a share of the spoils from their commercial ventures, while the crown would benefit from extra taxes and royalties.

The first example of the modern day franchising model came to light in the 1880s, and was created to boost the sales of the Singer sewing machine. Isaac Singer invented a sewing machine which was far superior to anything available at the time. To improve the distribution of a product American people were desperate to own, Mr Singer found businesspeople who were interested in owning the rights to sell his sewing machines in specific geographic areas. He then charged these individuals an upfront licensing fee for the right to sell the machines. Singer gave the licensees training so they could teach their customers how the sewing machines should be used. He then stepped up the production of his sewing machines on the back of the money coming in from licensees.

Probably the world's most well known franchise came along in the 1960s, when Ray Kroc, a travelling milkshake salesman with a vision, heard about two brothers from California, Dick and Mac McDonald, who owned a restaurant which produced its food on an assembly line-like system. Mr Kroc saw the potential for similar restaurants to operate right across the country and started to sell the franchises.

Today there are 34,000 McDonald's restaurants around the world, give or take the odd one, and that assembly line method of producing the food is the reason you'll eat the same burger in a retail park in Hull, as you will in Leicester Square.

There are three basic franchise types in operation today:

  • Distributorships – Agreements which give independent businesses the right to sell the parent company's products. A common example is a car dealership such as Mazda, Land Rover or Maserati.
  • Trademark or brand licensing - This gives licensees the right to use the brand name or trademark of the parent company while operating their own business. Drinks such as Coca Cola and sports franchises such as Manchester United and Liverpool are three extremely successful examples.
  • Business format franchises - These are the most common type of franchise we see in the UK today and are the focus of this guide. Examples include McDonald's, Subway and Domino's.

The franchise business model is not for everyone. There are plenty of limitations as well as benefits associated with this approach. Undoubtedly the biggest drawback for many is the lack of control, while the main advantage is probably the reassurance of buying into a business that is proven to work. Let's take a closer look&hellip

The Pros

  • An established brand and customer base - Instead of starting a completely new business with no traction in the market, you are buying into a well known brand that already has a loyal band of customers.
  • Marketing support - The hugely expensive and time consuming task of marketing your business is often done for you as part of a wider national campaign. Marketing materials can also be provided for local campaigns.
  • Reputable and reliable suppliers - Rather than building your business from the ground up, you can benefit from established relationships with suppliers that provide all the raw materials your business needs.
  • Business support -Business owners cannot expect to be experts in every area of running a business. As a franchisee, the support you need is on hand.
  • Training - Many of the franchise opportunities out there provide the management and technical training you'll need to run the business in the established and expected way.
  • Financial assistance -Some franchisors provide funding or a credit facility to give franchisees the assistance they need.
  • Ongoing research and product development -It is in the franchisor's interests that your business is successful. As such, you'll benefit from a regular stream of new products or improved processes to keep your customers happy.
  • Be your own boss - For many franchisees, this business model provides the perfect compromise between reduced risk and being the master of their own destiny.
  • Reduced risk – All these factors combined mean buying a franchise from an established brand is less risky than starting a business from nothing.

The Cons

  • Initial cost - The initial cost of some of the better known franchise operations can be large when the start-up costs and franchise fees are factored in. In many cases, it would be cheaper to start your own independent business.
  • Royalty payments - You will have to pay a percentage of your turnover in royalty payments to the franchisor, thereby reducing your earning potential.
  • Marketing and advertising fees - Some franchise agreements will ask for fees for the marketing and advertising support you receive.
  • Limited management control - Your ability to make decisions and manage the business as you see fit will be limited by the exacting standards of the brand.
  • Limited choice of suppliers - Franchise contracts will often stipulate that supplies can only be bought from an approved list of suppliers, sometimes at a higher cost.
  • Locked into long term contracts - Fail to do your research thoroughly and you could find yourself locked into a contract with the wrong franchise.
  • Reliant on franchisor success - Your business can only be as good as the reputation of your parent company. Any difficulties they experience could impact on you.
  • No guarantees of success - While opening a franchise does reduce your risk somewhat, there are still no guarantees of success.

If you’ve weighed up the pros and cons of franchising and feel that this is the right business choice for you, it’s time to start doing your homework. With many franchisers out there clamouring for attention, identifying the franchise which will suit you and earn you the best returns can be difficult. After all, if you’re going to make a success of your franchise, it will be a long term investment. You need to choose a franchise with real ongoing potential, and a franchisor you can build a strong, productive relationship with.

Of course, there are no guarantees in the world of business. And, while franchises do have a high success rate compared to fledgling independent businesses, if you choose the wrong opportunity, you could find yourself with a flop on your hands - and nothing to show for it. That’s why it’s so essential that you take time to research your options, speak to lots of different franchises, talk to lots of successful franchisees and get a real feel for the franchise market in your chosen niche.

At the end of the day, there’s no foolproof way to select a winning franchise. The most promising opportunities can go awry, or seemingly hopeless franchises can turn to gold in the right hands. However, if you undertake rigorous research and careful assessment of the market and your shortlist of opportunities, you can heighten your chances of success. Here are a few essentials to consider when you make your assessment…

  • Accreditation
    Accreditations are not the only mark of a well operated franchise, but they do provide prospective franchisees with a little more peace of mind before they make the leap. There are lots of different franchising bodies around the world who have strict membership criteria to ensure the businesses they approve subscribe to high ethical business standards.
  • Money
    Even more importantly, take plenty of time (and seek expert help from an accountant if necessary) to assess your finances and the financial burden of your potential franchise. How much can you realistically afford to invest? How much are you prepared to borrow to get on board?Once you have a good handle on what you’re financially capable of doing, really nail down your potential franchisor on the financials. Are historic returns based on verified, real life figures from sister franchises? Will there be working capital requirements during the early months?
  • Personality
    Money matters may be extremely important from a practical standpoint but, above all, it’s how well you and your franchise are suited to each other which could make all the difference. Consider your interests, your skills, your sphere of knowledge, the previous industries you’ve worked in. Think carefully about how much of your personal time you’re prepared to devote to your new undertaking.When you have a firm idea of where you are personally, it’s essential that you ensue your franchisor is prepared to work with you on a basis you feel comfortable with. While they assess your suitability, you should be assessing theirs. Always speak with current and former franchisees, and spend time getting to know the management, their approaches and the company culture before you get on board.
  • The Nitty Gritty
    The money’s right, the culture is right, it’s a good fit for you and your lifestyle - but there is still a long list of questions and tasks you’ll need to work through before you’ve thoroughly assessed a potential franchise, including:

    • Due diligence on the franchise in question
    • Meeting the people you’ll be working most closely with
    • Understanding daily operations
    • Finding out about availability of training and support
    • Understanding all ongoing fees
    • Learning about the history of the franchise - and its future goals
    • Has the franchise lost any franchisees?
    • If yes, why? Can you contact them?
    • Where does the franchisor see the franchise in ten years time?
  • The Professionals
    Finally it’s time to bring the professionals in. If you’re serious about conducting a thorough assessment of your prospective franchise before you sign on the dotted line, it’s a good idea to seek a professional opinion.From accountants who can look over the numbers, to solicitors who can look over legal agreements and even business consultants who can advise you - it’s worth investing a little time and money now to ensure you’re making the right decision over the long term.

The process that will take you from selecting a franchising opportunity to becoming a proud franchisee will vary widely from franchise to franchise. Often these processes can be long and complex, with lots of legal and financial hoops to jump through before your franchisor ''hands over the keys''.

There are, however, a few steps which are common to most of these transactions (although not all). We’ll pick up the process at that crucial point after you’ve decided you want to go ahead…

  • Interview & Confidentiality
    After deciding you’re ready to get on board, many franchisors will invite you to attend an interview where you will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. This will make it possible for your prospective franchise to share more details with you in confidence, so you can have all the facts you need to continue.
  • Financial Checks
    Whether or not you’re using bank finance to fund your franchise, you bank and/or your prospective franchisor will most likely want to perform financial background checks to confirm your suitability for both loans and taking on a franchise.
  • Deposit Agreement
    At the next stage, some franchises will ask you to pay a deposit agreement to confirm your intention to purchase a franchise from them. This deposit will typically be repaid once your franchise is up and running. If you decide not to proceed you will likely lose your deposit.
  • Locating & Purchasing a Premises
    If your franchise will require a physical premises, during the preliminary stages this will be arranged. In some cases your franchisor will take control, in other instances they will offer support and guidance, in different situations you will be expected to locate an appropriate site for your franchisor to approve.
  • Franchise Agreement
    This is one of the most important documents in the franchise buying process. This essential document will include all of the obligations both yourself and your franchisor will be subject to. Before you sign this agreement it is strongly recommended you seek the advice of a specialist solicitor to ensure your needs are taken care of properly and that you fully understand your rights and responsibilities within the agreement. Once signed, congratulations! You are a franchise owner.

How to buy a franchise in the US and Canada

Just as in the UK, the process of acquiring a franchise will differ from franchise to franchise, state to state in both the US and Canada. As above, there are a few common steps you can expect to go through including financial checks, deposit agreements and franchise agreements. Make certain your prospective franchisor explains their particular process to you in the early interview stages to ensure you have a clear roadmap and time-scale before you get started.

There’s an arm’s length list of questions any responsible aspiring franchisee should ask their franchisor before investing and signing on the dotted line. These are the questions we will leave you with as they should be at the front of your mind before entering into any negotiations or discussions with a franchisor. Good luck!


  • How many franchises are you currently operating?
  • Would it be possible to interview these franchisees? And select who I interview?
  • What is your head office set up?
  • Can you give examples of your follow-up and support services in action?
  • How many of your franchises have failed?


  • What is the overall franchising cost, including additional capital costs?
  • Can you provide an itemised list of all costs?
  • How much working capital will be required?
  • Can I see accounts to confirm your projections?
  • What is the extent of your own cash investment?
  • Are financing arrangements available?
  • What repayment terms do you offer?


  • Is this is a seasonal franchise?
  • Do you take commission on supplies of goods?
  • Am I obliged to purchase all items or purely scheduled items from you?
  • Is there a minimum purchase of goods in place? What are the consequences if this is not met?
  • What are the costs associated with advertising and marketing? Will my franchise be contracted to contribute to these costs?
  • What initial services and training do you offer?
  • What continuing services do you provide?
  • How long will the franchise be granted for? And what is the procedure at the end of my term?


  • Who is responsible for locating and purchasing/leasing premises?
  • Who will be my main points of contact on a daily basis? May I meet with them?
  • How soon will responsibility for redecoration and equipment purchasing fall to me?

We asked some of the franchise industry's top experts what their ultimate tip for a new franchisee would be. Here are their answers:

Evan Carmichael

Entrerpreneur Idol, EvanCarmichael.com

For me it all comes down to the passion. You could have a great company, great system, great training, but if you don't have a passion for what you're selling it's never going to work. You can overcome obstacles if you really believe in what you're selling.

Jamie Brown

Online Editor, The Franchise Magazine

Follow the model. You’ve bought into a system for a reason. And if you need any help don’t be afraid to call your franchise manager.

Diana Thurman

CEO, Franchise Direct UK

Perform comparative research of franchise opportunities. A prospective franchisee may already be mentally favouring a particular franchise. Just like with any other investment, you need to perform in-depth research, considering and comparing the different franchise opportunities on offer before making a decision. Don’t be afraid to ask the franchisor for additional information to complete your research.

Joel Libava

Founder, FranchiseBusinessUniversity.com

Don't put too much of your energy into studying the legal documents you get as part of your franchise introduction package. Let an experienced franchise attorney go through them with you. Put your energy towards talking with existing franchisees, instead. You'll get the real scoop on the franchise opportunity you're thinking of purchasing.

Simon Smith

Sales Director, Tubz Brands

Check the company out at Companies House – it is well worth a small fee to find out the current status of the company. Anyone can create a flash web site so they look big but registered company accounts will tell you the condition of the company and what shape it is in.

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:45:56 +0000 Laurie B

Customer Support from Your ERP Provider - 6 Essentials

For those of you who don’t know what ERP (Enterprise Resource Management) is, it is software designed to help run your entire operation. Everything from sales to inventory and anything in between. For more information on what an ERP is and how it can help you, CLICK HERE.


So What Are The Advantages?

There are lots of advantages to working with an ERP provider. First and foremost, you know you are using a product that has proven value. The market does a good job of weeding out the bad ERP products. You also get expert assistance throughout the implementation process so that you can take advantage of a customized ERP faster. But the greatest advantage may be the ongoing customer support you receive.

Make sure you are getting the level of support you deserve by looking for a provider who offers these 6 Essential Elements:


1. Automatic Updates

If you are paying for an ERP you want to use the best product available. An ERP provider that provides automatic updates helps you take advantage of all the latest features and capabilities. Plus, they spare your in-house IT team from having to add the updating process to their workload.


2. Training Resources

An ERP is a complicated piece of technology that has a fundamental impact on all your staff and all your workflows. That can create a lot of confusion and consternation if users are not adequately prepared. Expect your ERP provider to offer you an extensive library of training resources to take advantage of at any time for any reason. Not only are these the best instructive guides available, they spare you the time and cost of creating your own training tools.


3. Phone Support

When one of your users has a question, they don't want to dive into a manual to find the answer. Phone support remains the preferred delivery method for IT information. Not only is it a faster way to get information, an actual human is much better at explaining complex ideas. Your ERP provider should make phone support available and take steps to prevent wait times and a backlog of calls.


4. Support Tracking

If many of your users have the same kinds of questions it suggests that you need to hold more training or tinker with the setup of your ERP. Unfortunately, tracking these trends is hard without a top-down view of support requests. Expect your ERP provider to allow you to monitor and track your support cases through an online interface.


5. Community Queries

You can get a lot of useful, actionable information by speaking to similar ERP users rather than just support professionals. For instance, if you have questions about a particular aspect of ERP, for example, manufacturing companies, the best responses might come from other manufacturers. As part of their customer service offering your ERP provider should plug you into a community of fellow users.


6. Information and Updates

Since ERP is so central to everything you do, you will want to know everything there is to know about your ERP provider. There could be big changes and exciting new features coming down the pipeline that will fundamentally change the way your company uses the ERP. The provider should keep you abreast of all changes, both good and bad.

The quality of your ERP is directly related to the quality of the ERP provider. Do not partner with any provider who turns their back on you once the ERP has been implemented. The best providers want your ERP to work perfectly from day one and on.

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: v2.3 - 29 Aug 2009
Change History:  
29 Aug 2009: 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: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPlugin
Feedback: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPluginDev
Appraisal: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPluginAppraisal

-- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny - 29 Aug 2009

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