Template::Plugin::Autoformat - Interface to Text::Autoformat module


    [% USE Autoformat(options) %]
    [% Autoformat(text, more_text, ..., options) %]
    [% FILTER Autoformat(options) %]
       a block of text
    [% END %]


    # define some text for the examples
    [% text = BLOCK %]
       Be not afeard.  The isle is full of noises, sounds and sweet 
       airs that give delight but hurt not.
    [% END %]

    # pass options to constructor...
    [% USE Autoformat(case => 'upper') %]
    [% Autoformat(text) %]
    # and/or pass options to the Autoformat subroutine itself
    [% USE Autoformat %]
    [% Autoformat(text, case => 'upper') %]
    # using the Autoformat filter
    [% USE Autoformat(left => 10, right => 30) %]
    [% FILTER Autoformat %]
       Be not afeard.  The isle is full of noises, sounds and sweet 
       airs that give delight but hurt not.
    [% END %]

    # another filter example with configuration options
    [% USE Autoformat %]
    [% FILTER Autoformat(left => 20) %]
       Be not afeard.  The isle is full of noises, sounds and sweet 
       airs that give delight but hurt not.
    [% END %]

    # another FILTER example, defining a 'poetry' filter alias
    [% USE Autoformat %]
    [% text FILTER poetry = Autoformat(left => 20, right => 40) %]
    # reuse the 'poetry' filter alias
    [% text FILTER poetry %]

    # shorthand form ('|' is an alias for 'FILTER')
    [% text | Autoformat %]

    # using forms
    [% USE Autoformat(form => '>>>>.<<<', numeric => 'AllPlaces') %]
    [% Autoformat(10, 20.32, 11.35) %]


This Template Toolkit plugin module is an interface to Damian Conway's Text::Autoformat Perl module which provides advanced text wrapping and formatting.

NOTE as of version 2.75 the usage has changed to initial cap Autoformat instead of the previous autoformat. This brings it into alignment with standard plugin syntax.

Configuration options may be passed to the plugin constructor via the USE directive.

    [% USE Autoformat(right => 30) %]

The Autoformat subroutine can then be called, passing in text items which will be wrapped and formatted according to the current configuration.

    [% Autoformat('The cat sat on the mat') %]

Additional configuration items can be passed to the Autoformat subroutine and will be merged with any existing configuration specified via the constructor.

    [% Autoformat(text, left => 20) %]

Configuration options are passed directly to the Text::Autoformat plugin. At the time of writing, the basic configuration items are:

    left        left margin (default: 1)
    right       right margin (default 72)
    justify     justification as one of 'left', 'right', 'full'
                or 'centre' (default: left)
    case        case conversion as one of 'lower', 'upper',
                'sentence', 'title', or 'highlight' (default: none)
    squeeze     squeeze whitespace (default: enabled)

The plugin also accepts a form item which can be used to define a format string. When a form is defined, the plugin will call the underlying form() subroutine in preference to Autoformat().

    [% USE Autoformat(form => '>>>>.<<') %]
    [% Autoformat(123.45, 666, 3.14) %]

Additional configuration items relevant to forms can also be specified.

    [% USE Autoformat(form => '>>>>.<<', numeric => 'AllPlaces') %]
    [% Autoformat(123.45, 666, 3.14) %]

These can also be passed directly to the Autoformat subroutine.

    [% USE Autoformat %]
    [% Autoformat( 123.45, 666, 3.14,
                   form    => '>>>>.<<', 
                   numeric => 'AllPlaces' )

See Text::Autoformat for further details.


Robert McArthur wrote the original plugin code, with some modifications and additions from Andy Wardley.

Damian Conway wrote the Text::Autoformat module which does all the clever stuff.

The module was moved out of the Template Toolkit core and into a separate distribution in December 2008. Peter Karman is the current maintainer.


Copyright (C) 2000-2015 Robert McArthur & Andy Wardley. All Rights Reserved.

This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.


Template, Template::Plugin, Text::Autoformat