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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:

Bear Witness Day 2019

Teddy bears picnic for human rights

   Tuesday, May 21 2019

Bear Witness Day reminds us that all Indigenous children have the right to public supports and services when they need them.

Read more
Hon. Hope Hyslop

Law students tap into wealth of experience with judge in residence

   Tuesday, May 14 2019

Retired BC Supreme Court Judge Hon. Hope Hyslop has taken on the role as TRU's second judge in residence to mentor law students.

Read more
Makenzie Vandertoolen, valedictorian School of Nursing 2019.

Following her passion led to TRU

   Monday, May 13 2019

The valedictorian for the School of Nursing at this spring's convocation discovered students pulled together to succeed.

Read more

TRU researcher joins Canadian Mountain Network

   Wednesday, May 8 2019

Dr. Courtney Mason joins the Canadian Mountain Network on a project that investigates the management of national parks and food security.

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:

Bear Witness Day 2019
Hon. Hope Hyslop
Makenzie Vandertoolen, valedictorian School of Nursing 2019.

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:

Excess screen time and effects on learning

  Date: May 24, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  Location: Brown Family House of Learning

How does excess screen time affect social and mental health of youth and university learners, and what does that means for educators?

LEAP: A Day in Penticton

  Date: May 25 - All Day
  Location: No location specified

Enjoy stunning views of the Southern Okanagan while exploringthe downtown, beach front and fruit winery.

LEAP: learn to play disc golf

  Date: May 26 - All Day
  Location: Off Campus

Learn how to play disc golf on the Kamloops course in Rose Hill.

CFBX radio record fair

  Date: May 26, 10:00am - 4:00pm
  Location: Off Campus

Browse through vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, posters, t-shirts, musical instruments, stereo equipment, memorabilia and more.

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:

  • SS1: Last day to withdraw from a semester course
  • SS1: Examinations
  • SS1: End of classes
  • SS2: Due date for tuition and fee payment
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