NAME

String::Tokeniser - Perl extension for, uhm, tokenising strings.

SYNOPSIS

  use String::Tokeniser;

DESCRIPTION

String::Tokeniser provides an interface to a tokeniser class, allowing one to manipulate strings on a token-by-token basis without having to keep track of list element numbers and so on.

CONSTRUCTOR

new ( $sentence, [0|-1|$regexp], [$exception...] )

Create a String::Tokeniser, tokenises $sentence and resets the token counter.

The next argument determines how a ``token'' is defined: a value of 0 or undef determines that underscores are included in a token; -1 states that they are not. Alternatively, you can supply your own regular expression which will be fed to a split to determine the tokens.

Then may optionally follow a list of exceptions: tokens that would be split in two, but should be treated as one.

METHODS

moretokens

Tells you if you have any more tokens left to deal with.

skiptoken([n])

Move the `pointer' forward one (or n) tokens.

thistoken

Return the current token; that is, the token under the `pointer'.

lasttoken

Return the previous token; that is, the one just past the `pointer'.

gettoken

Equivalent to skiptoken;gettoken - the usual way of grabbing the next token in the list in turn.

nexttoken

Looks ahead one token, but does not change the `pointer' position.

lookahead([n])

Returns a string composed of the next n tokens, but does not change the `pointer' position.

gimme($string)

Assuming a string of tokens will end in $string, returns everything from the current `pointer' position until the string is found. Returns a two-element list: firsly, why the search terminated, (either EOF meaning we hit the end of the token list without success, or FOUND meaning $string was found.) and the rest of the tokens upto and including $string (or the end of the list, whichever was soonest).

save

Saves one's pointer position. Can be used multiply as a save stack.

restore

Restores a previously saved position.

FEATURES

At present, there is no support for exceptions which spread over three or more tokens, although this is planned.

AUTHOR

Originaly written by Simon Cozens; Maintained by Alberto Simoes <ambs@cpan.org>

SEE ALSO

WEBPerl::Changetie