Chapter 15. Lazy Text Formatting
Don’t you just hate getting an email that’s been for matted for the wrong number of columns? It’s an unprovoked ass ault on your poor visual cortex. And it’s a thoughtless insult, to o. It screams: “Hey, you aren’t even worth the eight keystr okes it would take me to correctly set my editor’s autowrap!” > And, of course, it only gets worse when quoted email is involved. > Even when someone tries to do the right thing, they just end > up frying more of your neurons as you attempt to untangle > the mess that most text formatters make of the standard > quoting conventions. It’s no fun trying to separate the meaning > from the massage.
What the world needs is a text reformatter that looks at the contents—and context—of the ASCII it’s munging, and then Does The Right Thing automagically.
And that’s exactly what the Text::Autoformat module gives you.
Specifically, it provides a subroutine named
autoformat that wraps text to fixed
margins. However, unlike other text wrapping modules (such as Text::Wrap, Text::Correct, or
its input by analyzing the text’s structure: identifying and
rearranging independent paragraphs by looking for visual gaps, list
bullets, changes in quoting, centering, and underlining.
If you’re happy to live with
autoformat’s reasonable defaults, then
reformatting a single paragraph (taking it from
STDIN and printing it to
STDOUT) is no more complicated than
use Text::Autoformat; ...
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