Data Filters

Burli’s filter system sorts and groups data. The Burli filters make it quick and easy to:

  • View separate types of data (wire data, audio, faxes, e-mail)
  • Sort and organize wire data by category, urgency, source
  • Give users easy, rapid access to most-used data

Burli’s filter function will display, for example, all audio feeds, the latest weather, local news, e-mails, or sports scores from a particular wire service. Filters can be customised and are easily created, deleted and modified. There is no theoretical limit to the number of filters a Burli system can have.

Creating, deleting, and editing filters

From the main Burli screen open the Burli set-up dialog box — Shift-F8 on the keyboard or Config|Program set-up from the menu. Enter the configuration password.

Select the ‘Filters’ tab. On the left side of the screen you see an editable version of the filter tree users see on the main screen. Click on any filter or sub-filter in the tree and the options on the right (Name, Source, Text etc.) become configurable.

To add a filter or sub-filter

  1. Click on the word ‘In-Queue’ at the top of the filter tree OR, to create a sub-filter, click on the existing filter (or sub-filter) you want the new filter to appear under.
  2. Right click and select ‘New sub-filter…’ from the menu OR press the ‘New…’ button located under the filter tree.
  3. Configure the new filter or sub-filter with the options to the right (see below).

To delete a filter

  1. Click on the filter or sub-filter you wish to remove.
  2. Right click and select ‘Remove…’ from the menu OR press the ‘Remove…’ button located under the filter tree.

To edit a filter

  1. Click on the filter or sub-filter you wish to edit.
  2. Configure the options on the right side of the tab screen (see below).
  3. When done, click ‘Apply’ at the bottom of the screen.

Rearranging the Filter Tree

You can change the order in which the filters appear in the tree:

  1. Click on the filter you wish to move and use the ‘Up’ and ‘Down’ buttons on the screen.
  2. Once you’ve made the changes, click Apply, or OK to return to the main Burli screen.

Note: Changes in the filters will not appear at a given workstation until you RESTART Burli at that workstation. If you have a FASTLOAD Server, you will have to restart Burli on that machien first.

Configuring the Burli Filters

To activate each of the features below, click the check box to its left. If the box does not contain a check, the function will not apply to the current filter. Burli periodically refreshes the filter tree at each workstation. Changes made in these settings will appear at each workstation as the refresh happens. To implement the new settings immediately, restart Burli.

Most filters will combine various of these functions. Any combination of options can be selected, allowing you to create very specific and powerful filters.


Enter the name of the filter as you wish it to appear in the filter tree.


This filtering method feature is no longer avialable.


Specifies the data source (audio, fax, wire service, e-mail etc.) that this filter uses. Most of your filters will probably select text from one wire service. In each of those filters you will need to use this setting to select the wire service. Filters work with more than text and if you want the filter to only include a specific type of data (only e-mail or only audio, for example) select it as the source here. The drop-down box offers a list of all available data types, including a list of all supported text wire services. To create a filter that searches through multiple sources, choose ‘All’ from the list.
A filter’s icon in the filter tree is also determined by the source specified here.
If you are creating a sub-filter of an existing filter, Burli assumes their file source is the same. A sub-filter’s source can be different from its parent if necessary and can be changed manually here.


Burli filters will search the text of any In-Queue data you specify as the Source. This allows powerful filters that search for very specific information. Filters can be created that search hundreds of weather bulletins on the wire(s) for mention of your local area, or filters that follow developing stories or specific issues or beats.
A Burli filter allows multiple keywords. To indicate multiple values, separate each keyword with a vertical bar. Do not add any additional spaces before or after the vertical bar. For example, if you are creating an ‘Internet’ filter to catch stories about the Internet, your keyword field may look like this:


You will probably find that creating specific text filters takes some trial-and-error practice. Simple ones – a filter that finds all occurrences of ‘Paris’ on the AFP wire, for instance – are easy to make. Finding all stories about the environment or consumer affairs, for example, may take some fine tuning as you learn what key-words produce the best filter.
Some users report that rather than creating highly specific filters, it’s easier to use the Burli Finder, Burli’s search tool. If you find you are performing exactly the same search repeatedly then it’s time to create a filter using those settings.


This is often the simplest way to create a filter. Wire services send their text items with invisible computer codes that identify what kind of news it is (sports, weather, entertainment) and how urgent the story is (regular, urgent). Most English-language wires (though by no means all) follow the ANPA standard where categories are identified by a single letter. So category d might be national news, category S might be sports and so on.
To create a filter that catches all the stories from one category, enter the category letter in Category box. Be careful to check whether it is a CAPITAL or lower case letter, as they will mean different things. To chose multiple categories separate the letters with a vertical line. Do not add any additional spaces before or after the vertical bar. (e.g. d|B|w)
Each wire service sets its own rules for which letter matches which category. The list can sometimes vary by state or region in a country. You may need to contact your wire service(s) for a complete list for your area.
Burli also supports some wire services that do not conform to the ANPA standard. If your wire service appears in the drop-down box that appears in the Source option then Burli already fully supports the wire. If it is not present, let us know. We are constantly adding support for additional wire services.


Similar to Category, this is a code sent with each story by most wire services to indicate the urgency of a story. To create a filter that only displays urgent stories, for example, enter the urgent code (likely a single letter) for the wire service concerned. You may need to contact your wire service for a list of their priority codes.


Displays the filter when the Hot Key is typed on the keyboard. This is most useful for filters that are frequently used. Local weather is the most common filter given a Hot Key. Alt 1 through Alt 0 (using the numbers across the top of on the main keyboard, not the number pad) can be assigned to filters. To avoid conflicts with other Burli functions these are the only keys that can be assigned. To activate a Hot Key for a given filter, click on the filter in the tree on the left and simply choose a Hot Key from the drop-down box.

Hide from in-queue 

This prevents the data in this filter from appearing in the In-Queue. It’s useful for keeping stories of limited interest (such as detailed weather forecasts) from cluttering the In-Queue list. With this checkbox selected, items appear in grey on the story ticker-tape, but do not appear in the In-Queue slug list. The items are all still saved by Burli; to see a hidden item, click on its filter in the filter tree.
Many users choose to hide weather forecasts from the In-queue. They create a weather filter that selects all weather stories off the wire by Category and turn the ‘Hide from in-queue’ option on. To find a weather forecast they simply click on the weather filter in the filter tree.

Hide from ticker 

This goes a step further than Hide from In-queue above. It hides items from the ticker-tape at the bottom of the screen. It works independently of hide from In-queue.
This is most useful with high-volume wire services that provide stock information or sport scores, sometimes sending hundreds of items a minute.

Don’t replicate 

For clients running the Virtual Newsroom Replication feature. This setting prevents items in this filter from being sent from the current location to replication clients in other newsrooms.
This is most used for marking material that is truly local and should not be distributed to bureaus or connected newsrooms. Faxes, weather wire data, e-mail and sub-filters of the In-house filter often fall into this category.