Problems with making wordwrap


#1

hi,

i’ve found a great bit of code from

http://dev.rubyonrails.org/ticket/1449

that takes some text and makes it wrap at 80 lines. the only issue is
that
it takes multiple line breaks (like paragraphs), and makes them into
single
line breaks.

this is the code:

text.gsub( /\n/, “\n\n” ).gsub( /(.{1,80})(\s+|$)/, “\1\n”)

i’ve tinkered with it for a while, but i can’t work out how to not have
it
eat lines breaks so hungrily.

thanks for any help
luke


#2

luke schrieb:

text.gsub( /\n/, “\n\n” ).gsub( /(.{1,80})(\s+|$)/, “\1\n”)

i’ve tinkered with it for a while, but i can’t work out how to not have it
eat lines breaks so hungrily.

Hi Luke,

can you tell us how you want to treat whitespace in the given text? You
talked about newlines, but what should be the result in the following
cases:

“abcde\n c”.wrap(5) # => “abcde\nc” or “abcde\n c”
“a e\na”.wrap(5) # => “a e\na” or “a e a”

Regards,
Pit


#3

On Nov 19, 2005, at 10:07 PM, luke wrote:

line breaks.
I use Text::Format for this:

def wrap(text)
formatter = Text::Format.new
formatter.columns = 72 # 70 + '> ’ = 72
formatter.format_style = Text::Format::LEFT_ALIGN
formatter.first_indent = 0

formatted = []

text.split(/\r?\n\r?\n/).each do |chunk|
formatted << formatter.paragraphs(chunk)
end

return formatted.join("\n")
end

http://www.halostatue.ca/ruby/Text__Format.html


#4

i’ve found a great bit of code from

http://dev.rubyonrails.org/ticket/1449

that takes some text and makes it wrap at 80 lines. the only issue is
that

it takes multiple line breaks (like paragraphs), and makes them into
single

line breaks.

this is the code:

text.gsub( /\n/, “\n\n” ).gsub( /(.{1,80})(\s+|$)/, “\1\n”)

i’ve tinkered with it for a while, but i can’t work out how to not have
it

eat lines breaks so hungrily.

Hi Luke,

can you tell us how you want to treat whitespace in the given text? You
talked about newlines, but what should be the result in the following
cases:

“abcde\n c”.wrap(5) # => “abcde\nc” or “abcde\n c”
“a e\na”.wrap(5) # => “a e\na” or “a e a”

Regards,
Pit

hi pit,

thanks for your help.

ideally how i would like it to behave given your examples, would be
like:

“abcde\n c”.wrap(5) # => “abcde\nc”
“a e\na”.wrap(5) # => “a e\na”

does that make sense? so text would be flush with the left margin with
no
white space at the beginning of new lines. but whitespace within a line
should remain intact.

thanks

luke


#5

luke schrieb:

ideally how i would like it to behave given your examples, would be like:

“abcde\n c”.wrap(5) # => “abcde\nc”
“a e\na”.wrap(5) # => “a e\na”

does that make sense? so text would be flush with the left margin with no
white space at the beginning of new lines. but whitespace within a line
should remain intact.

Of course it makes sense. Here’s one version:

class String
def wrap n
gsub(
/
\b # word boundary
[ \t\r\f]* # whitespace (no newline)
\n # newline
[ \t\r\f]* # whitespace (no newline)
\b # word boundary
/x,
" " # replaced by space
).gsub(
/
(.{1,#{n}}) # upto n characters
( # followed by either:
\n # exactly one newline
|\s+ # or other whitespace characters
)
/x,
“\1\n” # insert newline after first part
)
end
end

I used extended regular expressions to show what they are doing. You can
shorten them if you want.

The first gsub replaces newlines inside of paragraphs into spaces, but
leaves newlines between paragraphs unchanged. The second gsub is mostly
the original one, but it consumes at most one newline character
(replacing it with itself). This has the effect that newlines between
paragraphs are preserved.

If you still have problems or questions, feel free to ask.

Regards,
Pit


#6

luke (dot) wrote:

this is the code:

text.gsub( /\n/, “\n\n” ).gsub( /(.{1,80})(\s+|$)/, “\1\n”)

i’ve tinkered with it for a while, but i can’t work out how to not have it
eat lines breaks so hungrily.

thanks for any help
luke

text.gsub( /(.{1,39}[^\s])([ \t]\n[ \t]|[ \t]+|$)/, “\1\n”)


#7

On 11/20/05, Eric H. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

On Nov 19, 2005, at 10:07 PM, luke wrote:
I use Text::Format for this:

If I remember correctly, portions or the whole of Text::Format is
included with rails-core, too, but it may not be easily accessible.

-austin


#8

thanks pit,

works like a treat! nice idea of having it in the string class.

thanks a lot,
luke

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luke schrieb:

ideally how i would like it to behave given your examples, would be
like:

“abcde\n c”.wrap(5) # => “abcde\nc”
“a e\na”.wrap(5) # => “a e\na”

does that make sense? so text would be flush with the left margin with
no