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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.

Important
  • 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=https://inside.tru.ca/category/featured/feed" -->

The above code will display the below feed:

TRU celebrates achieving accelerated accreditation

   Wednesday, July 10 2019

TRU has been granted accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities two years ahead of schedule.

Read more

Gatecrasher “a tiny miracle” for Buis

   Tuesday, July 2 2019

Susan Buis' first book of poetry, Gatecrasher, observes the physical structures humans create, and the natural landscapes we exist within.

Read more

Girls get messy at their own camp

   Friday, June 28 2019

TRU offers a one-week Girls Only EUReKA! Science camp starting July 8. A few spaces remain, so register soon.

Read more
Vernie Clement, Cplul'kw'ten supervisor

Gathering support

   Friday, June 28 2019

Cplul’kw’ten, or The Gathering Place, has evolved into a place of comfort and support that’s bursting with services for Indigenous students.

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

The above code will display the below feed:


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 events.tru.ca 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=https://inside.tru.ca/events/category/faculty-and-staff/eo-events?event_start_after=now" -->

The above code will display the below feed:

Garden tours: a different theme each week

  Date: June 5, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  Location: Horticulture Gardens

Gain insight into flowering plants and trees, what's in bloom, annuals and perennials, ground covers, grasses and the gardens themselves.


Casual Shirt Fridays

  Date: July 5 - All Day
  Repeated Dates: Jul 19, Jul 12, Jul 26, Aug 9, Aug 16, Aug 23, Aug 2
  Location: No location specified

Participate in TRU Casual Shirt Fridays and help save money in air conditioning costs. There's a different theme each week.


Startup Basics series: positioning statements

  Date: September 5, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
  Location: TRU Generator

Delve into exactly what it is your business does, who your customers are, and how you differentiate from your competitors.


Startup Basics series: accounting & legal

  Date: September 5, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  Location: TRU Generator

Properly setting up a business from the start can save a company time and money in the long run. Learn from accounting mentors.


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:

  • SS3: Examinations
  • SS2: Examinations
  • British Columbia Day
  • SS2 & SS3: End of classes
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