Template::Plugin::XML::RSS(3) Plugin interface to XML::RSS


This Template Toolkit plugin provides a simple interface to the XML::RSS module.

    [% USE news = XML.RSS('mysite.rdf') %]

It creates an XML::RSS object, which is then used to parse the RSS file specified as a parameter in the USE directive. A reference to the XML::RSS object is then returned.

An RSS (Rich Site Summary) file is typically used to store short news 'headlines' describing different links within a site. This example is extracted from http://slashdot.org/slashdot.rdf.

    <?xml version="1.0"?>

        <title>Slashdot:News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters.</title>
        <description>News for Nerds.  Stuff that Matters</description>


        <title>DVD CCA Battle Continues Next Week</title>

        <title>Matrox to fund DRI Development</title>

        <title>Mike Shaver Leaving Netscape</title>


The attributes of the channel and image elements can be retrieved directly from the plugin object using the familiar dotted compound notation:

    [% news.channel.title  %]
    [% news.channel.link   %]
    [% news.channel.etc... %]

    [% news.image.title    %]
    [% news.image.url      %]
    [% news.image.link     %]
    [% news.image.etc...   %]

The list of news items can be retrieved using the 'items' method:

    [% FOREACH item IN news.items %]
       [% item.title %]
       [% item.link  %]
    [% END %]