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Feeds - RSS, Events, Date

RSS Feeds

In order to insert an RSS feed on a page, you must include the script. The following variables can be used to customize it to your liking.

  • The first variable must be prefaced with a '?'. The remaining variables all use an '&' as a preface.
  • The last variable must be '&url'. If other variables follow it, the script may not work correctly or at all.
  • The URL must be 'https://'. This will prevent a mixed content blocking/warning error that might prevent the images from showing up as expected.
  • The order of the variables before the &url is irrelevant.
  • You may omit variables you do not want to use; this will set them to 0 by default.
  • Except where otherwise indicated, accepted options are 0 or 1.
  • num - This specifies the number of items to load. Typically, this will be between 3-10. Accepted options are 1-10.
  • size - This specifies the size of an image to display, to be displayed with the specified column width out of 12. For example, if the number specified is 3, the image will be 1/4 (3/12) of the available space. To display a full-width image in a sidebar, specify a size of 12. For any number less than 12, the description will be aligned to the right of the image. If a 0 is specified, the image will be hidden. Feed items that do not have a featured image attached will be formatted correctly regardless of this setting. Accepted options are 0-12.
  • title - This will show or hide the title.
  • date - This will show or hide the date.
  • desc - This will show or hide the description.
  • button - This will make the 'Read more' link a button or text.
  • inbody - This will enlarge the headings for better legibility in the body of a page.
  • forhome - This will change the entire layout for use on the homepage. This should ONLY be used on the homepage; most other variables will be ignored when this variable is enabled.
  • titlelink - This will link the title, making it teal.
  • nopad - This will reduce the padding around each feed item.
  • linkhide - This will show or hide the link. This will override the button setting. If this is set to 1, the title will be linked automatically.
  • althead - This will underline the headings.
  • url - This specifies the feed URL. It must be an RSS XML feed.
<!--#include virtual="/utilities/feed/rssparsefeed.php?num=4&size=4&title=1&date=0&desc=1&button=1&inbody=1&forhome=0&titlelink=0&nopad=0&linkhide=0&althead=1&url=" -->

The above code will display the below feed:

42 EAU planning meeting

Cannabis concept nets students second-place spot

   Friday, March 16 2018

Tourism students win praise and second place at BC case championship for their business idea of a cannabis wellness resort and spa.

Read more
2018 Spring Open House sign

What’s in store for Spring Open House; deconstructing student recruitment

   Thursday, March 15 2018

Manager of Future Students Kyri Alves stopped by Radio NL for a conversation with Talk to the Experts host Paul Graham.

Read more

First-place factum win at Wilson Moot

   Wednesday, March 14 2018

A group of TRU Law students traveled to Toronto in February to participate in the national moot, which focuses on constitutional law.

Read more

International conference aims to tackle big data

   Wednesday, March 7 2018

From health care to public safety, economics to education, every field is touched by the analysis of big data.

Read more
<!--#include virtual="/utilities/feed/rssparsefeed.php?num=3&size=12&title=0&date=0&desc=0&nopad=1&linkhide=1&url=" -->

The above code will display the below feed:

42 EAU planning meeting
2018 Spring Open House sign

Event Feeds

Event feeds work almost identically to RSS feeds. However, the only options are: num and inbody. The 'inbody' element will enlarge the font size of the feed.

To create the URL for an events feed, go to and view the category or tag of the feed you want to display, then add 'eo-events?event_start_after=now' to the end of the URL. The include statement should look like the following:

<!--#include virtual="/utilities/ics-parser/parseEvents.php?num=4&inbody=1&url=" -->

The above code will display the below feed:

Day Scholar: What is It?

  Date: March 19, 10:00am - 11:30am
  Location: Clock Tower

Learn more about day scholars—students who attended residential schools as day students—and the class action launched in their name.

Sharing and Indigenous Peoples’ Natural Resources: Insights from a Global Biodiversity and Human Rights Law Perspective

  Date: March 19, 11:30am - 1:00pm
  Location: Old Main

Hear how community-level case studies in South Africa, Namibia, and Malaysia were used in the research.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) finals

  Date: March 20, 10:00am - 11:00am
  Location: International Building (IB)

Cheer on graduate students in this fast-pasted and fun research communications competition. Vote for People's Choice!

Mindfulness Meditation

  Date: January 23, 11:30am - 12:20pm
  Repeated Dates: Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 13, Mar 6, Mar 20, Mar 27, Apr 3, Apr 10, Apr 17
  Location: Old Main

Practising mindfulness can reduces stress, improve concentration and cardiovascular and immune health while slowing the effects of aging.

Dates & Deadlines Feeds

To display a feed of upcoming Dates & Deadlines, it is configured much like the other feeds.

The defaults are:

  • Number of items: 5 (num=5)
  • Link the title with the URL (url=1)
  • Use smaller text (h4 for titles, p for dates)
  • Show all dates (audience=all)
  • Display as a list (blockgrid=0)
  • If blockgrid is enabled, display a grid of dates 3 wide on medium screens (grid=3)

The possibilities for the size variable are: 12,14,16,20,24,28,32. This will change the date size; the title will be 4px larger. For instance, if &size=20, the dates will be 20px and the titles will be 24px. Enlarging the fonts will allow the text to be visible on CCTV screens.

The options to display in a block grid are: &blockgrid=1 to enable, &grid=2 (typically 2-4 is appropriate, default is 3).

The options to for the audience variable are: &audience=staff or &audience=student. The default (left blank) will display all dates.

<!--#include virtual="/utilities/dates/dates-list.php?num=8&url=0&size=14&blockgrid=1&grid=4" -->

The above code will display the below feed: