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Life, the Universe, and Everything

News articles in Plone are instances of the 'News Item' content type: they can contain a title, a description, a body text, an image and some basic metadata. If you publish a couple of items from time to time, this is fine.

But suppose you have to publish dozens of items everyday... How do you tell your readers who they are about? What do they cover? Where do they took place? And, more important, how do you classify them? How do you organize them? How do you tell your readers which ones are newsworthy?

To solve these, and other issues, the IPTC developed XML standards to define the content and structure of news articles. NITF, NewsML and NewsCodes are among these standards and they support the classification, identification and description of a huge number of news articles characteristics.

NITF is intended to structure independent news articles and this package aims to implement a content type inspired by the specification.

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To enable this product in a buildout-based installation:

  1. Edit your buildout.cfg and add collective.nitf to the list of eggs to install:

    eggs =

After updating the configuration you need to run ''bin/buildout'', which will take care of updating your system.

Go to the 'Site Setup' page in a Plone site and click on the 'Add-ons' link.

Check the box next to collective.nitf and click the 'Activate' button.


This package includes a behavior called collective.nitf.behaviors.interfaces.ISection. By applying it to a Dexterity-based content type you will get a new field called section.

Helper views

All news articles provide @@nitf and @@newsml views that are available although are not registered.

You can validate the output of the those views using services like XML validation.

You may use the NITF Document Type Definition version 3.5 and the XHTML Ruby Module associated with it.


collective.nitf uses Cycle2 slideshow plugin for jQuery and it can load its resources from the Plone JS registry if they are present there.

If you're using collective.nitf with other packages that use Cycle2 also (like sc.photogallery or covertile.cycle2), it is highly recommended that you register those resources to load them once and avoid conflicts.

You can use a jsregistry.xml file that includes the following:

<javascript id="++resource++collective.js.cycle2/jquery.cycle2.min.js"
    cacheable="True" compression="none" cookable="True" enabled="True" />
<javascript id="++resource++collective.js.cycle2/jquery.cycle2.carousel.min.js"
    cacheable="True" compression="none" cookable="True" enabled="True" />
<javascript id="++resource++collective.js.cycle2/jquery.cycle2.swipe.min.js"
    cacheable="True" compression="none" cookable="True" enabled="True" />


We use Webpack to process static resources on this package. Webpack processes LESS and JS files, minifies the resulting CSS and JS, and optimizes all images. The final JS file is also a UMD package, which provides compatibility with most popular script loaders.

To contribute, you should start the instance in one shell and start Webpack watcher on another with the following command:

$ bin/npm_watch

Then go to webpack/app folder and edit LESS and JS files; Webpack watcher will automatically create the final resources in the right place.

There are also other commands added to handle more complex scenarios. The following command will set the buildout node installation in the system PATH, this way you can use Webpack as described on Webpack docs.

$ bin/webpack_env

The following command generates JS and CSS without the minify step (it can be used to check the code being generated in a human readable way).

$ bin/npm_dev

The following command rebuilds static files and exit (insted of keep watching the changes):

$ bin/npm_build

Migration from 1.x to 2.x

You have to be aware of the following changes when migrating from version 1.x to 2.x:

  • Package is no longer compatible with Plone 4.2
  • Package no longer depends on Grok
  • Package no longer depends on collective.z3cform.widgets; you should uninstall that dependency manually if there is no other package depending on it on your site
  • Package no longer depends on; the IReferenceable behavior included there is no longer assigned by default
  • The character counter is no longer available
  • We use Cycle2 instead of Galleria as the framework for the slideshow view; package now depends on collective.js.cycle2
  • The following views are available for a News Article: view, slideshow_view and text_only_view
  • View templates were completely refactored and support for semantic markup was added; the default view displays a bigger image
  • The following behaviors are assigned by default to the News Article content type: and collective.nitf.behaviors.interfaces.ISection
  • A new permission collective.nitf: Setup is available to access the control panel configlet and is assigned by default to Manager and Site Administrator roles
  • Static resources are now named nitf.css and nitf.js (easier to debug at the browser)

An upgrade step is available to remove old resources, rename the views, and reindex all News Articles to reflect changes. The upgrade step will not remove the behavior if applied.