Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

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:

Egyptian student gets prime minister’s attention

   Wednesday, January 16 2019

Despite being blind from birth, Nada Abdelghaffar is working on her journalism degree and strives to make government accessible for all.

Read more

Clark brings female adventure film festival to TRU

   Monday, January 14 2019

Local woman Riley Clark has planned a film festival for later this month highlighting female performances in adventure sport.

Read more

Films for Change: A New Economy

   Friday, January 11 2019

What if working together for the good of all was the most common business model?

Read more

UPDATE: Open Learning building closed indefinitely

   Friday, January 11 2019

The Open Learning building closed until further notice. Due to a water pipe issue. IT services affected.

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:

PHP Conference: philosophy, history and politics

  Date: January 17 - All Day
  Repeated Dates: Jan 17, Jan 18, Jan 19
  Location: Various locations on campus

Undergrads in philosophy, history and politics present theirresearch on a variety of themes like human rights, gender and equality.


Wikipedia for Education: Strategies for Learning and Engagement (online)

  Date: January 17, 10:00am - 10:50am
  Location: Livestream

Learn how to use Wikipedia and/or other wiki authoring systems for a range of educational purposes.


Coloniality & Decoloniality: Beyond the Colonial & the Decolonizing Project

  Date: January 17, 10:30am - 12:30pm
  Location: Students' Union Building (TRUSU)

Sociology faculty member Alejandro Campos-Garcia asks whethercolonization is a matter of the past.


CELT: A Book, a Bowl, and a Bun, Faculty Book Club for Better Teaching and Learning

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

Discuss the book Small Teaching with other TRU faculty over lunch. The book discusses small changes that can have big impacts on learning.


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: