Sean,

Thanks for your answer. However, parse doesn't work quite as I hoped. Calling parse will parse the given string immediately in the current context and return a string. I need to postpone the actual parsing until the context is changed to each item in the collection. I was hoping to be able to construct some kind of proxy-object that would respond to #call just like when nested templates has been given.


I can easily solve this by just inserting the default value unparsed, and then have a helper method that checks if the value is a string to parsed or a method to be invoked, but I find that solution quite ugly. I'm obsessing about it, because I'd like to contribute the tag to the Radiant core, so I want it to coded right.

Thanks,
Casper


On 01/06/2008, at 16:51, Sean Cribbs wrote:

Casper,

Call parse, passing the text you want to parse:

hash[:normal] ||= parse('<li><r:link /></li>')

Sean

Casper Fabricius wrote:
I'm developing a tag inspired by the way <r:navigation /> works; by using nested tags to let the user specify how he wants to render a given collection.

The user could write:
<r:collection_tag>
   <r:normal><b><r:link></b></r:normal>
</r:collection_tag>

- and the tag uses this nested tag by doing:
   hash = tag.locals.collection_tag = {}
   tag.expand

- and then later:
   hash[:normal].call

- to render the contents of the nested tag.

However, I want the user to also be able to write just:
<r:collection_tag />

- and the tag will populate hash[:normal] with a default value of, say, <r:link />.

However, I don't know how to create a default value for a nested tag, least not when it contains other Radius tags that need to be parsed in the context of each iteration of the collection.

I have tried assigning default values with code such as:
   hash[:normal]   ||= '<li><r:link /></li>'

- or:
   hash[:normal]   ||= Proc.new {'<li><r:link /></li>'}

- but the first is just a string, and does not respond to the #call method, and the second is just a proc, and do not in fact render <r:link /> in the context, it just returns the string unparsed.

I know of several examples on using default values for tag attributes, but not for nested tags. Any hints, ideas, examples?

Cheers,
Casper Fabricius
http://casperfabricius.com

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