[geeklog-devel] Idea for next 1.3.x

Tony Bibbs tony at tonybibbs.com
Mon Mar 10 09:46:12 EST 2003

I'm sure a little time with the Komodo regex tool and you could have it 
working. Be sure to let this be configurable.  Some may want to turnt his 


 On Mon, 10 Mar 2003, LIMBURG, Mark wrote:

> Howdy,
> Autolinks as per postnuke.
> In essence, the concept is fairly simple.  The admin creates a bunch of
> 'text' which is automatically altered to become a link.  Let's go with an
> example.
> Text: Google
> Link: http://www.google.com/
> Title: The Google Search Engine
> Whenever the word 'google' appears, it's replaced with:
>   <a href="http://www.google.com/" title="The Google Search Engine"
> class="autolink">Google</a>
> Now the annoying bit.  We'll need to ensure that the autolink does NOT occur
> when it shouldn't.  The best example I can think of is if the word is
> already inside a link.  This would be annoying:
>   <a href="http://www.<a href="http://www.google.com/" title="The Google
> Search Engine" class="autolink">Google</a>.com/">Go</a>
> Now, you *could* use a space pattern match, so only " google " would be
> valid, but that doesn't fix a bunch of problems also.  The follow shows this
> ..
>  <a href="http://sitename.com">My <a href="http://www.google.com/"
> title="The Google Search Engine" class="autolink">Google</a> Statistics</a>
> .. not to mention " google." and the like.  
> So, I think we'd need to do some pattern parsing.  If the term is inside a
> <a> then it doesn't apply.  If my brain was actually online (I'm writing
> this from notes I made on the weekend) I'm sure I could think of a few more.
> As an additional extra, these links would appear in the 'whats releated'
> section of a story.
> Thoughts?  Is this something people want?
> Regards,
> Mark Limburg
> Team Leader, Unix Operations, Information Systems
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