Web publishing of meetings information

Data entered into the meetings database is easily published onto a (Foris) web page as a meeting plug-in. Many thematic web sites offer meetings information, both on upcoming meetings as well as important past events.

Meetings information can be shown in a many different ways, as seen by all the examples listed under "see also" on this page.

WebDev interface

Meetings information is published onto a web page as a meetings plug-in. Once a meetings plug in has been added to a page, a number of settings can be set, affecting the appearance of the meeting on the page. The field and how they affect the meetings display are listed below the dash-board interface shown here:


Meetings group

Meetings are published group, by group, using the groups found under the "publish" tab when editing a meeting. Only one group can be selected.

Meetings to include

There are five different options available for this setting:

  • upcoming only;
  • in progress only;
  • past only;
  • all;
  • in progress and upcoming;

Upcoming is judged by the start date. As soon as a meeting has started, it is not upcoming. Meetings are in progress, until the end date has passed.

Number of meetings to display

Available options

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 5
  • 10
  • 15
  • 20
  • all

Useful when space is limited. The meetings actually displayed depend also on the date order setting, see below.

Number of months to display

Available options

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 6
  • 12
  • all

Note, selection settings have an implicit and between them. For instance: "climate change meetings" and maximum 10 meetings and (within) 3 months. This may, or many not, display any meetings at all.


Available options

  • Headline view
  • Grid view
  • Simple view

This setting has the most profound impact on how meetings are displayed. See the examples box for some examples. 

Headline view is the most comprehensive type. All information can be shown in this view.

Grid view is intended for a quick overview of many meetings at once. The table puts quite some restrictions onto the information that can be shown.

Simple view is very compact, only basics about a meeting are shown. Ideally meetings shown in simple view should have a link to more information about the meting. If present, this link is utilized, making the title, "clickable".

Date order

Straight-forward. Either newest meetings first, or oldest meetings listed first.


All settings starting with "show": languages, contact person(s), misc documents, presentations, posters, planning info, meeting type, attendance type, participants, official FAO participants, and FAO coordinators, are all covered below as they are handled in the same way.

When set, (ticked) the section is published onto the page for the meeting, if there is any content for the section in question. If there is no content, the section is simply left out.


Not all display formats can accommodate all fields. Creating a grid view (table) output with many types of information shown, creates a very "crowded" table, not suitable for display.


last updated:  Tuesday, May 26, 2009