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cmd.plated

plated

The commandline interface to plated, the options passed into this command are actually the same as the options passed into the opt object when creating the js.plated module.

cmd.plated.build

plated build 

The build action, output files are created once and then the command returns.

--site=

How we should link to this site if the link can not be relative, eg normally we would just use /index.html to reach a file in the root of the current site but if this html is going to be rendered somewhere else then this trick would no longer work and we would have to use this value instead. An example of when this might happen is the publishing of rss feeds.

--root=

The root of the site we are building, normally empty in which case we maintain a relative path back to the root depending on how far we have descended into the directory structure, eg ../../ It is recomended that this be used whenever constructing a url, for instance linking to the root index.html should be done like sp {_root}index.html rather than /index.html if you want to ensure you have a site that can be built into a directory as well as a domain.

--source=source

Where to read the source files from, this is relative to the current directory and all files are found recursively from this point. We also follow soft directory symlinks so we can easily pull in extra files from elsewhere.

--output=output

The output directory relative to the current directory. Please be very careful with this location as this will be emptied recursively before we write anything into it.

--hashfile=^

The magic string used to trigger special chunk parsing, files are either scoped to the directory in which case they are just this magic string plus any extension. For example ^.html or they are intended to create specific files in which case ^. will be stripped and the remainder used as an output. For example index.^.html which would create an index.html in the output, the extension is used to pick the chunk that is rendered into the output file. In this case it would be the html chunk.

--hashchunk=#^

The magic string used to split the input files into chunks, it must be used at the start of a line to trigger special processing and the default has been specifically chosen as something unlikely to be typed by accident.

--delimiter={}

The magic string used to wrap tags for special processing in chunk files. It must be an even number of characters as we spit it in the middle and use both sides as start/stop strings. The default, might look dangerous for C like languages which use {} to wrap blocks but due to the limits on contents (no white space) and the fallback of outputting exactly the same as the input, eg {} will output {}. C like languages are very unlikely to trigger any special processing,

--dumpjson

A Boolean flag to enable the output of .json chunk dumps as well as processed output files. This is useful for debugging and also provides enough data to recreate pages at run time should that be necessary.

cmd.plated.watch

plated watch

Build once and then watch all the files in source folder with any change triggering a rebuild.

This combined with a simple server and being careful to disable the html cache, can be used for live updates as you edit the source files.

This uses the same options as plated.build so please view the descriptions of all available options there.

html.plated

Plated operates on a directory structure of files and simply copies the files it does not understand into the output. As such you could have an almost 100% generic static site with only a few special files getting special treatment dependent on their name containing a ^. sequence of characters.

html.plated.chunks

Chunk files are parsed one line at a time to break them into a number of named chunks, lines that begin with the special characters #^ trigger special processing all other lines are simple assigned to the current chunk. eg:

#^chunkname
here is some text
that will be assigned to chunkname

A chunk ends when we run out of file or we start another chunk.

As well as the chunk name we can also add some flags to change how the chunk is processed. These flags are added by name=value pairs after the chunkname and separated by white space.

#^chunkname flag=value otherflag=othervalue

These values are intended to change how the chunk is processed here are the ones that we currently support. Multiple flags can of course be applied to the same chunk.

#^chunkname trim=ends

This flag will cause all whitespace to be removed from the beginning and end of the chunk. Useful if you intend to include a chunk in a html attributes as newlines would would mess that up.

#^chunkname form=json

Parse the text as json, this allows for structured data or arrays to be defined in chunks. This data can be referenced inside macro expansion using the . operator to reference members. Most plugins have a json chunk containing their settings.

#^chunkname form=markdown

This text will be parsed as markdown and converted into html. Markdown is an easy way to create simple formated content for blog posts or just pages in general. Note that the default format is just to leave the text of the chunk unprocessed which means normal html tags.

Chunk names that begin with an underscore are considered internal plated chunks ans some will be provided by the plated code for each page rendered. Here is a list of chunks that will be provided by the system.

#^chunkname same=replace

This alters how we replace chunks when they are declared twice, normally the chunk in the lowest level will simply replace a chunk declared elsewhere. This is the default setting.

#^chunkname same=append

If we change to append mode then chunks lower down will be appended to the higher up chunks. This is very useful for css chunks where we can append rules as we cascade down and these rules will take precedence over the earlier rules due to the magic of css.

#^chunkname same=merge

This should only be used with a json chunk, it merges the data with its parent chunk so we can change or add values as we cascade down through the directories similar to append but working as objects rather than just plan text. This is why it should only be used with json chunks.

#^_root

This will be set to a url that gets to the root of this website and should be used in front of all urls to make sure that we can find the files we want. This can be passed in on the command line and / is a good way to think of this value. The default is actually for plated to provide a relative url such as ../../ that would get you to the root of the site from the current page. You should be using _root as the prefix for all urls when including css or js or images etc in a html file.

#^_site

Similar to root but intended to explicitly link to the root of the named site. This is intended for use in links that can never be relative to the current url so must be full and explicit urls, eg in RSS feeds.

#^_sourcename

This will be set to the filename of the input source file that we are currently rendering.

#^_filename

This will be set to url of the file that we are currently rendering.

#^_dirname

This will be set to url of the directory containing the file that we are currently rendering.

#^_flags

This is an object containing flag data for the defined chunks, most chunks will not have any flags defined but if they are they can be found in for example _flags.chunkname.flagname which would hold the value of flagname for the given chunkname. This is really just for internal processing and should not need to be referenced by the user.

As well as the provided chunks there are some special names exist to trigger plugin behaviour and need to be defined with the correct configuration data, for instance

#^_docs_json

Is the name of a chunk containing configuration data in json format that enables the docs plugin to create pages such as the ones that you are currently reading. See html.plated.plugins for documentation on how to use them and what data must be provided. All you need to know is that any chunk name that begins with an underscore belongs to the plated system itself and must only be created according to the documentation.

As well as chunknames there are two other things we can do with special characters at the start of a line.

#^-this is a comment line

The comment line will simply be ignored, in case you wish to include some comments about what a chunk will be used for.

#^=##

Allows the redefinition of the magic string, for the rest of the file, in this case, it would be ## instead of #^ but any string could be used. This is intended as an escape clause in case the magic string is undesirable in a certain file. It can also be changed on the command line when plated is invoked if you wish to change it globally.

html.plated.files

A special string in the filename triggers chunk file processing, by default this is ^. but it can be changed to another character or string when plated is invoked. ^. seems to be a reasonably safe yet generally unused sequence of characters in file names.

Chunk files are text files containing chunks of text assigned to symbolic chunknames, these chunks can then be referenced by tags contained in other chunks and expanded to build final output files.

This is intended to be simple macro expansion only rather than a complex programming language. Any programming would take place in a plugin, for instance we include a blog plugin that helps build blog style websites on top of this base chunk system.

There are two basic types of chunk files, directory scope and file scope. Directory scope chunk files contain chunks that can be referenced by any other chunk file in their directory as well as any sub directories. Directory scope chunks declared inside a sub directory will replace any chunks defined higher up the path, this allows us to adjust and group data using hierarchical directories.

^.html
^.css
^.md
^.what.ever.you.like

Are all examples of directory scoped chunk files, they do not create any output files themselves but are parsed to provide directory scope chunks which can be used in other chunk files. It does not matter what extension is used, primarily it is intended to be used as a clue to editors to provide appropriate language highlighting. By convention css chunks would be placed inside ^.css and html chunks inside ^.html but this is in no way enforced or necessary for plated to work.

index.^.html
layout.^.css
hacks.^.js

Are all examples of file scoped chunk files. Each one will create a file in the output directory with the same path but the name altered slightly to remove ^. from it. For example index.^.html becomes index.html

The extension used selects the chunk name that will be rendered into the output file. So index.^.html will render the html chunk into the output file and layout.^.css will render the css chunk.

Usually pages in a directory will share the same layout, so a html chunk will be declared at the directory level with the file just adding a content chunk to be rendered inside this page structure. The cascading chunk system means you are free to alter this in sub directories but often pages have a lot in common so keeping a bunch of generic layout chunks in the root with sub directories just picking from them works perfectly. The idea is to provide data organisational tools but not to dictate the use.

html.plated.macros

Once we have some chunks defined we need to provide a way of refering to them inside other chunks as a macro expansion.

#^chunkname trim=ends
I am expanded
#^mainchunk
Expand the {chunkname} to its contents.

If the above mainchunk was rendered then {chunkname} would be replace with the contents of the chunk that was defined as #^chunkname this macro expansion is recursive so you can include chunks within chunks within chunks. Combined with the cascading chunks this provides a huge amount of flexibility without any additional programming logic. Similar to {{}moustache} templates but with slightly less logic and a bit more recursion.

If {chunkname} does not exist then the text will be left untouched as {chunkname} also there must be no white space in this macro expansion. so { chunkname } will never expand to anything.

This may sound dangerous but we are able to get away with {} even inside C like languages that contain {} all over the place. If this scares you then you are free to redefine {} to {{}} when invoking plated but I assure you it is not necessary.

{jsonchunk.member}

When using a json chunk a . can be used to pull out a value from the object

{jsonarray.0.name}

If it is an array then the first item could be picked out with a number and then its member.

{jsonarray.-1.name}

Negative numbers are allowed in which case it counts backwards from the end, in this case the last name of the last object in the array would be used.

Finally a json chunk may have another chunk applied as a layout.

{jsonchunk:plate}

In this case plate is a chunk name that renders with {_it} being synonymous with {jsonchunk} This is similar to calling a macro with a number of values.

{jsonarray:plate}

If a template is applied to an array then it is applied repeatedly to each item in that array. This allows for simple formatting of json data held within an array. The loop happens auto-magically with {_it} expanding to a different value each time.

All of these templating expansions are intended for use by plugins which provide arrays or objects of data for you to display.

If a plate is applied to empty data then the empty string is returned. Eg no expansion happens, this can help with layout logic removing some chunks and showing others depending on their existence.

Finally because we also need to be able to talk about these macros here without them accidently expanding then we have a simple way to escape them.

{[}{chunkname}{]}

No matter how valid the chunkname is it will not expand because it is contained within the comment tags {[}{]} these tags will be removed after the text is rendered.

{[[}{chunkname}{]]}

If multiple [ are used instead of one then it allows one level macro replacement per extra [ so we can control expansion this way. In the above example {chunkname} will expand once but any macros within that chunk will stay untouched. A tad complex but escape syntax is always a pain.

Due to the way this expands you must be careful to balance any use of {[}{]} within this chunk so as not to accidentally close the tag prematurely. This documentation for instance is designed to be used inside such a chunk so all square brackets inside {} have been carefully balanced to stop anything from going wrong.

html.plated.operators

As well as chunknames we can also combine some logic operators to control how macros expand. This is mostly of use with json chunks where you wish to make a choice between a number of possibilities. For instance

{obj.count==1&&obj:showit||obj:hideit}

The above is an example of a value?one:two style logic test. First obj.count is compared to the value 1 this will work if it is a string or a number due to the loose typing used. If true then obj will be rendered with the template chunk showit if false then instead obj will be rendered with the template chunk hideit. You can guess what these two templates are intended to do.

The operators are evaluated left to right with no precedence and are C like, hence == rather than just a single = sign. Here are all the possible operators that can be used.

{a<b}
    returns true if a is less than b
{a<=b}
    returns true if a is less than or equal to b
{a>b}
    returns true if a is more than b
{a>=b}
    returns true if a is more than or equal to b
{a==b}
    returns true if a is equal to b
{a&&b}
    a and b returns b if a is true else returns a
{a||b}
    a or b returns b if a is false else returns a
{a||}
    returns a if it exists else return an empty string

The last one is useful for making macros invisible if they refer to empty data. Normally macros remain in the output if they are invalid. So {a} on its own would either expand to something else or remain as {a} in the output. {a||} is just using the || operator to make it go away if empty.

html.plated_plugin.blog

#^_blog_json
{
    posts_per_page:5,
    posts_per_feed:20,
    url="http://base.site/url/",
    feed={
        title="Feed Title",
    }
}

A chunk of this name must be created in a directory scope file for this plugin to parse it. posts_per_page is the number of posts per page, we will create as many pages as we need.

posts_per_feed specifys the number of posts to publish in the feed.json file. Which will be published using any data suplied in feed which can contain any valid jsonfeed values. The base url must also be suplied since feeds are expected to be copied to other domains. This url is intentionally seperate from _root as it must be explictly set and we can not get away with relative paths here.

Every directory within this blog directory will now be treated as a blogpost.

See source/blog for an example of this all fits together. Inside each of these directories we look for.

#^_blog_post_json
{
    "title":"my title",
    "author":"my name",
    feed={
        tags=["feed","tags"],
        atatchments=[{url="http://domain.full/thing.mp3",mimie_type="mime/type"}],
    }
}

Which contains metadata about the blog post, the feed object can contain any valid jsonfeed settings, by we try and set useful defaults from the rest of the metadata. All of these values can also be used in your templates to render the blog posts.

#^_blog_post_body form=markdown
This is my blog post body.

Our blog body is to be found in this chunk name, probably best to use markdown as it makes writing blog posts easier.

When it comes to generating the pages then the following chunks should be setup in base directory.

#^_blog_page_body
This is a page of blog posts, eg the front page.

Within this chunk we provide _blog_page_older as the url of an older page and _blog_page_newer as the url of a newer page. If there is no newer or older page then this will be empty. _list will contain an array of blog posts that we intend to display in this page. It will be at least one post and no more than the posts_per_page setting.

#^_blog_post_body
This is a single blog post, when viewed on its own page.

Within this chunk we provide _blog_post_older as the url of an older page and _blog_post_newer as the url of a newer page. If there is no newer or older page then this will be empty. _blog_post_body will contain the _blog_post_body as defined in the blog post directory.

html.plated_plugin.copy

#^_copy_json
{
    include:[
        "",
    ],
    exclude:[
        "fra",
        "spa",
    ],
}

A chunk of this name must be created in a directory scope file for this plugin to parse it. include is a list of prefixes to include and exclude is a list of prefixes within the include to exclude.

The above configuration is assumed to be within a file fra/^.index and spa/^.index so it would include all chunkfiles from root but exclude files in fra or spa, ie itself. This way we can have a default english site and a spanish translation under spa/ or french under fra/

The files are copied into the current directory without the prefix used in include.

An example can be found in test-source/006-copy

html.plated_plugin.docs

#^_docs_json
{
    ignore:{
        "node_modules":true,
    },
    dirs:{
        "../js":".js",
    },
}

A chunk of this name must be created in a directory scope file for this plugin to parse it. We should ignore any paths containing the key strings in the ignore object and will include (recursively) the keys in the dirs object but only if the filename ends in the given string.

So in the above case we will scan ../js for all .js files but ignore everything in node_modules. One should always ignore everything in node_modules.

These files are searched for special auto doc documentation syntax where any line that begins with --[#name.of.the.chunk will begin a special documentation chunk and ]] will end it. In both cases the string must be at the start of a line.

Each of these chunks will then be rendered into its own page as well as its parent pages, we use dot notation to describe this relationship. In the case of name.of.the.chunk it will exist in name.of.the name.of name and the always present /

Take a look at the source code that generates this site documentation in source/docs for an example of how this can be themed and presented.

html.plated_plugin.import

#^importedchunk import=dir/dir
...

The content if this chunk is unimportant as it will be replaced by the chunk referenced from another file via the import=dir flag.

html.plated_plugin.redirect

#^_redirect_json
{
    files:{
        "from/index.html":"to/",
        "other/index.html":"to/",
    },
}

A chunk of this name must be created in a directory scope file for this plugin to parse it. files is a map of redirections we require.

Perform a redirect of files, using simple html javascript redirection, to another url. We mostly make use of the automatic use of an index.html inside a given directory so in the case above ./from will get redirected to ./to note that these can contain one level of macro expansion so {_root}dir is a reasonable redirection.

Multiple redirections can be performed in a single json configuration but be aware that we end up actually creating files to perform these redirections so be careful not to clash with other files.

An example can be found in test-source/005-redirect

js.plated

Plated is a static site generator that uses a cascading chunk system to describe the output pages.

Since we are using node we are also able to dynamically build the pages in the browser, which is why we include json dumps of the chunk data. This provides enough data to reconstruct pages client side.

Included are a handful of plugins that do slightly more complicated things to enable extra functionality such as page redirects or generating blogs.

This module only exposes one function, which is used to create the actual module with bound state data.

plated=require("./plated.js").create(opts,plated)

opts is an object of options and plated is an optional input if provided it will be modified and returned otherwise a new object will be created and returned.

We also load and setup this and all the builtin plugins so after calling this we are good to go.

In the future when we talk about plated and its available functions we are referring to the return from this create function.

The opts is intended to be filled with command line options so take a look at these for a full description of what can be passed in here.

js.plated.build

plated.build()

Build all the output files from the inputs.

js.plated.plugin

plated.plugin(it)

Register a plugin, each plugin can provide the following function hooks.

dirs = it.process_dirs( dirs )

Adjust the registered dirs data and return it.

file = it.process_file( file )

Adjust or react to the file data and return it.

it.process_output( chunks )

Adjust a files chunks prior to writing it out, or, output extra data associated with these chunks.

js.plated.setup

plated.setup(opts)

Initialise plated and require the base plated modules: files, chunks and output.

js.plated.watch

plated.watch()

Continuously build the output files from the inputs whenever one of the input files changes

js.plated_chunks

Manage the chunks of text that are combined into a page.

This module only exposes one function, which is used to create the actual module with bound state data.

plated_chunks = require("./plated_chunks.js").create(opts,plated)

This is called automatically when the plated module is created and the return value is made available in plated.chunks note that all of these modules are bound together and operate as a group with shared data.

In the future when we talk about this module and its available functions we are referring to the return value from this create function.

js.plated_chunks.deepmerge

too = plated_chunks.deepmerge(frm,too,_flags)

Merge the object, frm, into an object too. How values merge can be adjusted by _flags the same way _flags works in parsing chunks. same=merge is honoured here so some chunks can be appended rather than replace. We need to keep this separate as the act of merging will break how such things work.

This function is called recursively so as not to end up sharing values with any inputs.

js.plated_chunks.delimiter_close_str

s = plated_chunks.delimiter_close_str()

Return the last half of the opts.delimiter string.

js.plated_chunks.delimiter_open_str

s = plated_chunks.delimiter_open_str()

Return the first half of the opts.delimiter string.

js.plated_chunks.delimiter_wrap_str

s = plated_chunks.delimiter_wrap_str(s)

Return the given string wrapped in the opts.delimiter string.

js.plated_chunks.expand_tag

value = plated_chunks.expand_tag(v,dat,lastpass)

Do all the magical things that enables a tag to expand, normally we just lookup the value inside dat but a few operators can be applied.

Operators are applied from left to right so we have no precedence besides this.

If we fail to lookup a valid value then we return input string wrapped in delimiters, essentially any values we do not understand will come out of the process unscathed exactly as they went in.

There must be no white space inside {} or we will not process it.

This combined is why we can safely use {} rather than {{}} and any accidental use will survive.

js.plated_chunks.fill_chunks

chunks = plated_chunks.fill_chunks(str,chunks)

break a string into chunks ( can merged with or replace other chunks ) so chunks can be a previously filled list of chunks that we will combine any chunks we find in the string with.

A chunk is defined by a line that begins with #^ this has been chosen so as not to be something that occurs by mistake in any language, but can be altered either inside the chunk file or via the command line opts. Note that any future reference is referring to this default and would work with any other string if this has been changed.

A line that begins with #^=## would redefine this from one to the other for the remainder of the file and can be changed globally by the option opt.hashchunk

The first word after this would be the name of the chunk and can then be followed by a number of optional flag arguments like flag=value we store these flags in the chunks table using chunks._flags[name]=value this includes trimming options and request for how chunks should be merged.

A comment begins with #^- and the rest of the line will be ignored.

The flag same=append will cause future chunks of the same name to be appended to this chunk rather than replace it. This is useful for CSS chunks where we wish to bubble down css values into sub directories.

js.plated_chunks.format_chunks

chunks = plated_chunks.format_chunks(chunks)

Process the chunks according to their flags, a chunk with trim=ends set will have white space removed from its beginning and end.

A chunk with form=json will be parsed as json rather than a string. It can then be referenced inside chunks using chunk.member style lookups.

A chunk with form=markdown will be processed as markdown and turned into a html string.

js.plated_chunks.lookup

chunks = plated_chunks.lookup(str,dat)

lookup the string inside dat, the string can use dot notation such as parent.member to lookup a value inside an object.

Numbers can also be used to reverence arrays such as array.0 or array.1 and negative indexes such as array.-1 can be used to fetch the last value from the array.

js.plated_chunks.markdown

html = plated_chunks.markdown(str)

Convert a markdown string to a html string. As a personal quirk We keep newlines a little more eagerly than standard markdown allowing some control over the spacing between your text.

Markdown is hardly a standard thing, after all.

js.plated_chunks.merge_namespace

chunks = plated_chunks.merge_namespace(dat)

Merge all of the namespaces together, along with the dat, then return this new set of chunks for easy lookup it should be safe to modify the output merged chunks without accidentally changing anything in the namespace.

This gives us a final chunks object that we can use to build the output page.

js.plated_chunks.pop_namespace

plated_chunks.pop_namespace(value)

Remove last namespace from top of the stack.

js.plated_chunks.prepare

array = plated_chunks.prepare(chunks)

break a string on {data} ready to find the lookup values and do all the templating actions. This just gets us an array of string parts we can easily parse.

js.plated_chunks.push_namespace

plated_chunks.push_namespace(value)

Add this value into the namespaces, we check this namespace as well as the current chunk data when filling in chunks.

js.plated_chunks.remove_underscorechunks

newchunks = plated_chunks.remove_underscorechunks(chunks)

Remove any chunks that begin with "_" these are all internal chunks used by plated code. The user should not be creating any chunks whose names begin with an underscore. Also none of these chunks should ever bubble down through the heir achy, they belong only to the page in which they are created..

A new object full of only chunks that do not begin with an underscore is returned.

js.plated_chunks.replace

value = plated_chunks.replace(str,dat)

Repeatedly call replace_once until all things that can expand, have expanded, or we ran out of sanity. Sanity is 100 levels of recursion, just to be on the safe side.

We then call a final replace_once with the lastpass flag set.

js.plated_chunks.replace_once

chunks = plated_chunks.replace_once(str,dat,lastpass)

Parse the str and replace {} values once only using dat values. lastpass is a flag as on the lastpass we allow ^ as the first char inside the {} to prevent further expansion.

Normally the inside are expanded and then expanded again but since this is the last pass we know that will not happen so these tags are safe to expand.

js.plated_chunks.reset_namespace

plated_chunks.reset_namespace()

clear the namespace, a namespace is a list of chunks that will be merged together as we descend into directories. The lower or later chunks replacing or merging with the previous ones.

js.plated_chunks.set_namespace

plated_chunks.set_namespace(values)

Set the namespace to the given value.

js.plated_files

Manage the files that we read from and watch or write to.

This module only exposes one function, which is used to create the actual module with bound state data.

plated_files = require("./plated_files.js").create(opts,plated)

This is called automatically when the plated module is created and the return value is made available in plated.chunks note that all of these modules are bound together and operate as a group with shared data.

In the future when we talk about this module and its available functions we are referring to the return value from this create function.

js.plated_files.base_files_to_chunks

chunks = plated_files.base_files_to_chunks(fname)

Check this directory and all directories above for generic chunks build all of these into the current chunk namespace for this file.

js.plated_files.build

plated_files.build()

Build all files found in the source dir into the output dir.

js.plated_files.build_file

plated_files.build_file(fname)

Build the given source filename, using chunks or maybe just a raw copy from source into the output.

js.plated_files.empty_cache

plated_files.empty_cache()

Empty the current file cache, we fill it up as read files.

js.plated_files.empty_folder

plated_files.empty_folder(path)

Empty the (output) folder or make it if it does not exist. This is rather dangerous so please be careful.

js.plated_files.file_to_chunks

chunks = plated_files.file_to_chunks(root,fname,chunks)

Load root/fname or get it from the cache and then turn it into chunks using plated_chunks.fill_chunks(date,chunks) chunks is returned.

js.plated_files.filename_fixup

filename = plated_files.filename_fixup(filename)

Fix the filename, so it becomes an empty string rather than a "." or "/." or "/" this makes it easier to use in urls.

js.plated_files.filename_is_basechunk

bool = plated_files.filename_is_basechunk(filename)

Is this filename part of the basechunks for a dir?

A base chunk is something like ^.html or ^.css all of these files get merged into the base chunks for the directory they are found in. Their extension is ignored and just to help syntax highlighting when the file is viewed.

js.plated_files.filename_is_plated

bool = plated_files.filename_is_plated(filename)

Is this filename something we need to run through plated. Returns true if filename contains the ^ trigger string. This string can be changed by altering opts.hashfile from "^" to something else.

js.plated_files.filename_to_dirname

dirname = plated_files.filename_to_dirname(filename)

Get the dirname of this filename.

js.plated_files.filename_to_output

filename = plated_files.filename_to_output(filename)

Work out the output filename from an input filename, the trigger string "^." gets removed as we process a file.

js.plated_files.find_files

plated_files.find_files(root,name,func)

Call func(name) with every directory we find inside the root/name directory. We follow symlinks into other directories.

js.plated_files.mkdir

plated_files.mkdir(dir)

Fill in _source and related chunks such as.

_sourcename the file that this set of chunks came from.

_filename the output filename.

_dirname the output dirname.

_root the root of the site, normally a relative path to the current directory, eg ../ since some things such as github pages need to exist in a directory rather than the root of a site. This should always be used in html paths, {_root} instead of / to make sure that you always get to the right place and can find your files.

_filename the url path of the filename, eg /dirname/filename

_dirname the url path of the dir this file exists in, eg /dirname

js.plated_files.prepare_namespace

plated_files.prepare_namespace(fname)

Check this directory and all directories above for generic chunks then build all of these into the current chunk namespace for this file.

js.plated_files.source_to_output

filename = plated_files.source_to_output(filename)

Convert a source path into an output path.

js.plated_files.watch

plated_files.watch()

Build all files found in the source dir into the output dir and then sit watching for changes to these files that would trigger rebuilds.

This does not return, instead the user is expected to ctrl+c when finished.

js.plated_files.write

plated_files.write(filename,data)

Create parent dir if necessary and write the data into this file.

js.plated_output

Manage the chunks of text that are combined into a page.

This module only exposes one function, which is used to create the actual module with bound state data.

plated_output = require("./plated_output.js").create(opts,plated)

This is called automatically when the plated module is created and the return value is made available in plated.chunks note that all of these modules are bound together and operate as a group with shared data.

In the future when we talk about this module and its available functions we are referring to the return value from this create function.

js.plated_output.remember

chunks = plated_output.remember(chunks)

Remember this page, the name is expected to be found in chunks._output_filename and this is used as the key to store these chunks.

js.plated_output.remember_and_write

chunks = plated_output.remember_and_write(chunks)

The same as remember but also instantly write out the chunks using plated_output.write

js.plated_output.write

plated_output.write(chunks)

Write out the chunks to to _output_filename as its final page like form. chunks._output_chunkname is the name of the chunk that we intend to render into this page, eg "html"

opts.output is the directory we are going to write the file into.

If the opts.dumpjson flag is set then we also output a .json file which contains the chunks used to construct this page.

js.plated_output.write_all

plated_output.write_all()

Go through all the remembered chunks and write each one out using plated_output.write

js.plated_plugin.blog

A blog plugin.

This module only exposes one function, which is used to create the actual module with bound state data.

plated_plugin_blog = require("./plated_plugin_blog.js").create(opts,plated)

This is called automatically when the plated module is created and the returned plugin functions are added to the plugin call stack. Note that all of these modules are bound together and operate as a group with shared data.

js.plated_plugin.blog.process_dirs

dirs = plated_plugin_blog.process_dirs(dirs)

Tweak all the base chunks grouped by dir name and pre cascaded/merged

js.plated_plugin.blog.process_file

chunks = plated_plugin_blog.process_file(chunks)

Tweak a single file of chunks, only chunks found in this file will be available.

js.plated_plugin.copy

A blog plugin.

This module only exposes one function, which is used to create the actual module with bound state data.

plated_plugin_copy = require("./plated_plugin_copy.js").create(opts,plated)

This is called automatically when the plated module is created and the returned plugin functions are added to the plugin call stack. Note that all of these modules are bound together and operate as a group with shared data.

This plugin is intended to duplicate part of a site into another directory with possibly tweaked chunks, this is primarily intended for text translations. We produce for instance pure text chunks containing just english text and replace these chunks with french versions inside a fra directory.

Note that we only copy chunkfiles not all data files, so this is only about duplicating files that are rendered from chunks.

js.plated_plugin.copy.process_dirs

dirs = plated_plugin_copy.process_dirs(dirs)

Remember all the _copy_json chunks we can find inside our plated_plugin_copy.chunks array. This will be used later to replicated output into other locations with slight chunk tweaks.

js.plated_plugin.copy.process_file

chunks = plated_plugin_copy.process_file(chunks)

Auto magically parse _copy_json chunks as json.

js.plated_plugin.copy.process_output

plated_plugin_copy.process_output(chunks)

Compare this output file with cached copy chunks and duplicate it into these directories with slightly tweaked chunks if it matches.

js.plated_plugin.docs

A docs plugin.

This module only exposes one function, which is used to create the actual module with bound state data.

plated_plugin_docs = require("./plated_plugin_docs.js").create(opts,plated)

This is called automatically when the plated module is created and the returned plugin functions are added to the plugin call stack. Note that all of these modules are bound together and operate as a group with shared data.

js.plated_plugin.docs.process_dirs

dirs = plated_plugin_docs.process_dirs(dirs)

Tweak all the base chunks grouped by dir name and pre cascaded/merged

js.plated_plugin.docs.process_file

chunks = plated_plugin_docs.process_file(chunks)

Tweak a single file of chunks, only chunks found in this file will be available.

js.plated_plugin.import

A way of importing chunks from another page.

This module only exposes one function, which is used to create the actual module with bound state data.

plated_plugin_import = require("./plated_plugin_import.js").create(opts,plated)

This is called automatically when the plated module is created and the returned plugin functions are added to the plugin call stack. Note that all of these modules are bound together and operate as a group with shared data.

js.plated_plugin.import.process_file

chunks = plated_plugin_import.process_file(chunks)

Tweak a single file of chunks, only chunks found in this file will be available.

js.plated_plugin.redirect

A blog plugin.

This module only exposes one function, which is used to create the actual module with bound state data.

plated_plugin_redirect = require("./plated_plugin_redirect.js").create(opts,plated)

This is called automatically when the plated module is created and the returned plugin functions are added to the plugin call stack. Note that all of these modules are bound together and operate as a group with shared data.

js.plated_plugin.redirect.process_dirs

dirs = plated_plugin_redirect.process_dirs(dirs)

Tweak all the base chunks grouped by dir name and pre cascaded/merged

js.plated_plugin.redirect.process_file

chunks = plated_plugin_redirect.process_file(chunks)

Tweak a single file of chunks, only chunks found in this file will be available.

#^_redirect_json

Is a special chunk name that we will parse as json and contain configuration data to setup redirects.