How do I create a Feeds widget?

You can create a widget to stay connected to your favorite feeds subscriptions using a widget. You can configure the feeds-based widget to be linked to a default value, selected Live Text, or other selected text.

About this task

You can configure a new widget that will search for a given feed and return the results of that search in a specified display window. The results can be refreshed by clicking on the Refresh toolbar icon in the window.


  1. Click Getting Started with Widgets and choose Feeds from the list of available widget types to start the appropriate wizard. Or click Configure a Widget From > A Feed in the My Widgets options menu to start the wizard.
    Note: If you are using HCL Notes®, enable the embedded Web browser using the File > Preferences > Web browser > Use the browser embedded in this client menu sequence.
    Note: Alternatively, you can open the embedded browser, browse to a Web page that contains an RSS feed, and click the Configure a Widget from Current Context toolbar button.
  2. If you chose to manually enter a URL, enter the feed URL and click OK to open the Configure a Widget dialog.
  3. Specify a short, descriptive widget name or accept the default.
  4. Specify what you want to do with the widget and then click Next.
    • Wire as an action

      This opens the Wire an action to configure a widget dialog, enabling you to wire a new or existing content type to a widget property. For more information, see the Wiring an action to configure a widget topic.

      Note: Clicking this option opens a list of available widget properties that you can configure to be wireable. To configure one property as wireable, select it in the list. To configure more than one property to be wireable, open the Advanced tab.
    • Display as a Panel

      This adds the widget as its own sidebar panel and as a widget in the My Widgets sidebar panel.

    • Just configure a widget for now

      This adds the widget to the My Widgets sidebar panel, where you can then publish it to the catalog.

  5. If you selected Wire as an action and depending on the source context, specify additional options on the Advanced tab as follows and then click Next to open the Wiring an action to configure a widget dialog.
    • Configure – Enable to make the property wireable.
    • Require – Enable to require that the field must be used in an action.
    • Display name – Use the default or specify a new name.
      Note: Each Display name value appears in the Widget property field on the Wire an action to configure a widget wizard page.
    • Default value – Specify a default value or specify if a default value can be used.
  6. The Wire an action to configure a widget dialog prompts you to specify whether to use recognized content or other content, specify the content (type) and then wire a Content property to a Widget property. Entries in the Content property field are derived from the selected content (type), which is the field next to the New Recognizer button. Entries in the Widget property field are derived from the fields you selected on the previous Configure a widget dialog. See How do I wire a widget action for related information.
  7. Click Next to view the Test and Publish panel instructions and then Finish to create the widget and close the wizard.