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(New page: The '''RSS feeds''' block enables RSS feeds from external websites to be displayed within Moodle. As the information on the other site (for example, news headlines or recently added do...)
 
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The '''RSS feeds''' block enables [[RSS]] feeds from external websites to be displayed within Moodle. As the information on the other site (for example, news headlines or recently added documents) is changed the block will update to show the latest information.  One or more RSS feeds can be added to a course by selecting them from an existing list.  Site and course home pages are common places to place an RSS feed block(s).  
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The '''Custom Theme Settings''' page allows you to configure the appearance of your site when you are using '''custom_theme''' theme. Note that the changes you make in this page will be visible only when you have selected '''custom_theme''' from Site Administration > Appearance > Themes > Theme Selector.
  
==Configuring RSS feeds block==
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==Configuring the Custom Theme==
  
After adding an RSS feed block, select the edit icon on the Remote News Feed block.  The default will open up the '''Configure this block''' tab. 
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The settings page provides you with the following options to customize your site:-
  
;Display each link's description?
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;Use a parent theme
:Choose yes or no from the drop-down menu to determine whether the block will display a description of each article, or just the title of the article. Both the title and description are generated by the external feed.
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:Allows to use a parent theme on top of the Standard Moodle Theme.
  
;Max number of entries to show per block
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;Upload your own CSS
:Determines how many articles will be displayed. The most recent will be displayed first.
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:This will allow you to upload and use a CSS of your own choice. This uploaded style sheet will be applied after the Standard Moodle Theme and the parent theme (if selected any).
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:If you have uploaded a CSS previously and want to make other changes without having to upload the CSS again, just uncheck the checkbox ''Use my own CSS''.
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:If you have uploaded a CSS previously and don't want to use it anymore, check the checkbox ''Use my own CSS'' and leave the ''Upload CSS'' field empty. This will delete your CSS file from the server.
  
;Choose the feeds to make available
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;Upload your own Favicon
:Check the box next to each feed you would displayed in this block. You can have more than one instance of the RSS feed block if you would like to break them up.
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:This will allow you to upload and use a Favicon of your own choice. The Favicon is the small icon shown in the browsers in front of the URL. Note that you can upload only a .ico file as favicon.
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:If you have uploaded a Favicon previously and want to make other changes without having to upload the favicon again, just uncheck the checkbox ''Use my own favicon''.
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:If you have uploaded a Favicon previously and don't want to use it anymore, check the checkbox ''Use my own Favicon'' and leave the ''Upload Favicon'' field empty. This will delete your favicon file from the server.
  
;Title
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;Other CSS elements
:Enter a title for the block. If you leave this blank a title will be taken from the RSS feeds, which can be confusing if there are multiple feeds in one block.
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:You can also supply the values of various page elements that you want your site to use. These values can be added in hexadecimal or selected from the palette next to each element. If you don't want your site to use these values for the page elements, just uncheck the checkbox ''Also use following value''.
  
;Display a link?
 
:Each article headline should link to the full article, but you can also display a link to the original site where available.
 
  
;Show channel image?
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==What are these page elements==
:Some feeds supply an image or logo from the original site which you can choose to display when available.
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The various page elements that you can customize are shown in the image below.
  
==Add/Manage all RSS feeds ==
 
All the Moodle site's RSS feeds can be managed on the ''Manage all my feeds'' tab in the RRS News Feed edit menu. The site administrator may give other roles permission to use this tab.  This tab creates a list of RSS feeds that can be selected for display in every course on the Moodle site.
 
  
Copy and paste (or type) the URL address of the RSS feed in the space provided. This the generating site's actual RSS page address. For example here is a Moodle RSS feed address : http://moodle.org/rss/file.php/1/1/forum/1/rss.xml
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==The Final Appearance of Page==
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The way the final page looks after applying the custom_theme is decided by the following hierarchy:
  
Adding a custom title will take the place of the one supplied by the generating site.There is a validation tool included to confirm the feed URL is accurate.  
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:1) Standard Theme.
 
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:2) Parent theme selected by the user (if any).  
Click the ''Add'' button to submit the feed.
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:3) CSS file uploaded by the user (if any).  
 
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:4) Favicon upload supersedes that of parent theme (if any).
==See also==
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:5) CSS element values entered by the user (if the user selects to use them).
 
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiwSZNgXuzo RSS feeds and how to add them to your course video]
 
 
 
[[Category:RSS]]
 
 
 
[[fr:Bloc Fil RSS]]
 

Revision as of 09:43, 13 August 2008

The Custom Theme Settings page allows you to configure the appearance of your site when you are using custom_theme theme. Note that the changes you make in this page will be visible only when you have selected custom_theme from Site Administration > Appearance > Themes > Theme Selector.

Configuring the Custom Theme

The settings page provides you with the following options to customize your site:-

Use a parent theme
Allows to use a parent theme on top of the Standard Moodle Theme.
Upload your own CSS
This will allow you to upload and use a CSS of your own choice. This uploaded style sheet will be applied after the Standard Moodle Theme and the parent theme (if selected any).
If you have uploaded a CSS previously and want to make other changes without having to upload the CSS again, just uncheck the checkbox Use my own CSS.
If you have uploaded a CSS previously and don't want to use it anymore, check the checkbox Use my own CSS and leave the Upload CSS field empty. This will delete your CSS file from the server.
Upload your own Favicon
This will allow you to upload and use a Favicon of your own choice. The Favicon is the small icon shown in the browsers in front of the URL. Note that you can upload only a .ico file as favicon.
If you have uploaded a Favicon previously and want to make other changes without having to upload the favicon again, just uncheck the checkbox Use my own favicon.
If you have uploaded a Favicon previously and don't want to use it anymore, check the checkbox Use my own Favicon and leave the Upload Favicon field empty. This will delete your favicon file from the server.
Other CSS elements
You can also supply the values of various page elements that you want your site to use. These values can be added in hexadecimal or selected from the palette next to each element. If you don't want your site to use these values for the page elements, just uncheck the checkbox Also use following value.


What are these page elements

The various page elements that you can customize are shown in the image below.


The Final Appearance of Page

The way the final page looks after applying the custom_theme is decided by the following hierarchy:

1) Standard Theme.
2) Parent theme selected by the user (if any).
3) CSS file uploaded by the user (if any).
4) Favicon upload supersedes that of parent theme (if any).
5) CSS element values entered by the user (if the user selects to use them).