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Refactoring Proposal: Centralise Topic Processing Heuristic

There are several places in the core code where topic text is processed according to local heuristics to extract TML features. For example, the detection and extraction of verbatim blocks, the detection of pre, the processing of wikiwords, the detection and processing of headers.

Places where this is done are:

  • During update of referring pages during a rename, where the code needs to detect "live" links to the topic being renamed
  • Composition of topic summaries and changes summaries
  • TOC handling
  • The main rendering loop

These could/should be handled by a single parser/processor that could call methods on a passed-in object to handle processing. This would reduce code volume, and at the same time ensure the correctness of the parse in all places.

package RenderingCallback;
sub activeWikiLink { url => "http://..." text => "LinkMe" }
sub heading ( level => 4 ... ) 
sub plainText( $insidePre => 1, $noAutoLink => 1 ... )
Note how the current plugins architecture can be expressed in terms of this approach. However future plugins can leverage this architecture to become a lot more powerful, as a plugin author has the option to override a lot more methods.

-- CrawfordCurrie - 29 Jan 2005

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Topic revision: r3 - 2005-01-31 - SamHasler
 
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