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Re: [yast-devel] Displaying Package Descriptions
  • From: "Tim Serong" <tserong@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2010 06:22:03 -0600
  • Message-id: <4C895E0B0200000A0001DB37@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 9/9/2010 at 09:43 PM, Karl Eichwalder <ke@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Karl Eichwalder <ke@xxxxxxx> writes:

Johannes Meixner <jsmeix@xxxxxxx> writes:

On Sep 8 04:42 Tim Serong wrote (shortened):
# rpm -q --qf '%{DESCRIPTION}' $PACKAGE | sed \
-e 's/\&/\&amp;/g' \
-e 's/</\&lt;/g' \
-e 's/>/\&gt;/g' | awk \
'BEGIN { print "<pre>" } { print } END { print "</pre>" }'

Thanks, but <pre> is a no-op. These days, various PDAs with small
displays are in use, and then, there is this ncurses yast interface...

BTW, the BS is also one of these "players" and it keeps line-breaks, but
uses a proportional font... For example, see



This is why formatted text without self-explaining markup sucks.

Yeah. You could probably get incredibly close to generally acceptable
in most cases with parsing rules like:

0) In general, assume there is an intent to produce paragraphs of
text (<p> if you're displaying with HTML).
1) Double linebreaks are paragraph markers, unless appearing between
list items per rules 3-7.
2) Single linebreaks are replaced with spaces, again unless appearing
between list items per rules 3-7.
3) Any line starting with '*', '-', 'o', '+' followed by a space
is a bulleted list item. Any leading space before the list marker
is the list indent, provided there is a previous list item with
a smaller (or zero) indent.
4) Any lines immediately following a list item are a continuation
of that list item if they have leading whitespace.
5) If, after applying rules 3 and 4, there is only one list item
(following lines are regular text or EOF), then it's not really
a list item and should be treated instead as a paragraph (think:
notes down the bottom of some text, marked with '*').
6) Any lines starting with '[0-9]+\.?' followed by a space are numeric
list items, for which rules 3-5 apply the same as they do for
bulleted lists.
7) After a single line which matches the case-insensitive regex
'^\s*Authors:?\s*$', each line with leading whitespace is a
bulleted list item.
8) Anything that looks like an email address or URL (per suitable
regexes) is to be treated as an email address or URL as

But I guarantee there will still be plain text that the above rules
will mis-display in some annoying fashion. And if you change the
rules to fix those, it'll break others.



Tim Serong <tserong@xxxxxxxxxx>
Senior Clustering Engineer, OPS Engineering, Novell Inc.

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