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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:

Richard Abankwa Master of Business Administration

Workshops blast stereotypes about Indigenous peoples

   Tuesday, March 19 2019

TRU World's indigenization efforts go well beyond borders.

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Bruce Damer photo

Astrobiologist alumnus presents new origin of life concept

   Friday, March 15 2019

Astrobiologist alumnus Bruce Damer presents his radical new ideas that are shaping the path of modern science to TRU on March 28.

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New high-tech lab explores exercise and aging

   Wednesday, March 13 2019

Dr. Mark Rakobowchuk's newly funded lab will answer questions about the impact of exercise at the cellular and metabolic level.

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Justin Young 1

Recapping Indigenous Awareness Week: The power of working together

   Tuesday, March 12 2019

More than a dozen events weave in themes of unity and the power of working together.

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<!--#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:

Richard Abankwa Master of Business Administration
Bruce Damer photo

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:

Connect: Athletics career mentoring

  Date: March 20, 4:45pm - 6:15pm
  Location: Campus Activity Centre

Get career advice and gain confidence by speaking with industry professionals about how to best leverage your education and experience.


CELT: faculty book club

  Date: January 17, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  Repeated Dates: Mar 21, Feb 14
  Location: Old Main

Discuss the book Small Changes, which outlines strategies that can be implemented in as little as one class and yet yield big results.


Artist talk: gender identity and contemporary culture

  Date: March 21, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  Location: Old Main

Ria Brodell is a non-binary, trans artist, educator and author, whose work addresses gender identity, religion, and contemporary culture.


Trades & Tech Thursdays

  Date: February 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  Repeated Dates: Nov 15, Dec 20, Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18, May 16, Jun 20, Jul 18, Aug 15, Sep 19
  Location: Trades &\; Technology Building

Learn more about trades and tech options while getting answers directly from those in the know.


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: