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[POST 1.0 task] Custom Keywords - Issue 890

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2004-02-02 17:17:51 CET

I have begun working to update the patch that Plasma submitted lo these many
months ago to support custom keywords:


based on Eric Gillespie's excellent design suggestions.

My first pass is to bring the existing patch in line with the [many] changes to
the source files since June 2003. In this, I am mostly sucessful (export from a
URL works but export from a WC cores). Once I get past that problem, I'll
attach it to the issue and begin looking at redesigning it to be more flexible
(with input from the list).

I am doing this for strictly selfish reasons; I need to have a $Version: $
keyword and No, $Revision: $ isn't in any way, shape, or form equivalent.
Consequently, I am mostly interested in the '%p' format (and will probably take
plasma's SVN_KEYWORD_PLASMA and make it the more generic SVN_KEYWORD_PROPERTY).

I don't want to distract anyone from testing 1.0.0 for release on schedule, but
I am moving from our CVSNT-based repository in the next couple of months and
want/need to get at least plasma's existing version working now, before I convert.

I welcome any and all suggestions, not limited to:

1) How to keep sitewide custom keyword definitions somewhere in the repository,
instead of requiring all .subversion/config files to be maintained in sync;

2) How to reduce the maze of hardcoded if() tests in the source to be a more
generic single test vs a hash of keywords (default plus site configured);

3) How to handle the limitation on keywords being currently being unable to span
lines (this may be as simple as truncating to a fixed width).

If this becomes a protracted argument/discussion which is distracting the dev
list overmuch, I would be happy to set up a custom listserv for offline


John Peacock
Director of Information Research and Technology
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
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