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Feature Proposal: Finer-control variable expansion in topic creation


In new topic creation, there are cases where you need to mix variables to be expanded and variables not to be expanded.

Variables inside a section whose type is expandvariables. But it's not practical to mix variables to be expanded and variables not to be expanded.

Description and Documentation

By this enhancement, outside the expandvariables section on a topic edit template, variables named EOTC__XYZ are expanded as XYZ when a new topic is created based on the edit template.

The variable name prefix EOTC__ ( EOTC followed by two underscores) came from "Expand Only in Topic Creation".


This is an artificial example but you can create a new topic consisted of %INCLUDE{...}% to include topics whose names start with the string specified by the prefix URL parameter handed to the edit or save script.

 format="$percntINCLUDE{$topic}$percnt" separator="$n"



-- Contributors: HideyoImazu - 2012-11-01


I am OK with this proposal, although it is a little bit an esoteric case since it is possible to turn on/off variable expansion (which is already done in NewUserTemplate).

As for prefix, how about making it very obvious that this is a special case by separating this with a colon instead of double underscore? Example: %EOTC:SEARCH{...}%. The template system already uses colons, such as %TMPL:DEF{...}%.

-- PeterThoeny - 2012-11-01

I implemented it on TWiki 4.1.2 by tweaking TWiki::_expandTagOnTopicCreation(). For that, the prefix needs to match $TWiki::regex{tagNameRegex}. Is there a better way?

-- HideyoImazu - 2012-11-02

Accepted by 7 day review period at JerusalemReleaseMeeting2012x11x09, but with request to look into %EOTC:SEARCH{...}% rule with colon.

-- PeterThoeny - 2012-11-09

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