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What It's For

This really was a midnight hack, to see how far twiki could go. But it is somewhat useful, in order to linkify everything. Though the linking, at current, is ridiculously ugly.

Known Issues

  • v1310
    • not all acronyms are included this time.
      • Some on purpose, but some apparently aren't matching with the code gen regex.
    • I included only the IETF portions. The rest was too incomplete.
    • testing is sporatic and it shows, because IPv6 doesn't seem to match correctly.
    • The huge parser problem is recursive matching in endRenderingHandler; example:
      • XYZ which renders to "{a href="..."}blah ABC blah{/a}" will destroy the anchor when the ABC match is expanded.
      • Only known alternative is to use line-by-line matching?? which would be waaay too slow.
      • Well the other alternative is to require surrounding markup, i.e. whitespace doesn't cut it.
    • this version uses a comma in front, and I didn't check to see if that conflicts with anything else.
    • Linkification on the form fails for any rfc docnum less than 1000 (i.e. likely need to remove zero padding)

To Do List for Future Versions

  • The interface bites. The goal: to provide info & links while preserving the visual rendering, i.e. the only action occurs with onmouseover.
    • an alternative is javascript onmouseover expanding menu. (Anyone have suggestions? or code? please?)
    • an alternative is to use title (but that won't allow multiple links)
    • alternative is to use stuff from ToolTipPlugin
  • Need to clean up the "auto-summarize" part of the code gen tool, so summaries are displayed.
  • package the code generator as part of the plugin.

How It Works

Below is the regex for matching acronyms in RFC titles. It runs on the "active-rfc" web page at ietf.org. The rest of the implementation should be obvious. smile

while (s/
#                (
# find 'IP' through 'ABBREV' 
# find 'L2TP' or 'A2B'
# find WebDAV through IPoA
# find abcDEF
#                )
# with optional 'v\d' on end:  IPv6  LDAPv2  DHCPv4
# with optional '-ABBREV' on end
# with optional 'abc' on end: IPsec
                //xo) {
            $protocols .= $1." ";

Comments Appreciated

-- JonathanCline - 28 Aug 2003

checked .pm into CVS

-- WillNorris - 19 Jul 2005

I changed the ModificationPolicy of this extension from ContactAuthorFirst to PleaseFeelFreeToModify due to inactivity. Anyone please feel free to work on this extension.

-- PeterThoeny - 2012-12-03

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