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From Glenn Nielsen <>
Subject Re: String taglib release
Date Mon, 05 Aug 2002 13:37:22 GMT
If you need more complex string handling you may want to consider using
the regexp tag library here at Jakarta-Taglibs.



Tim Kettering wrote:
> Hi,
> Sorry for the belated reply on this.  A project I'm working on needed two
> types of functionality, which I'm doing right now with some custom code, but
> I had thought about suggesting a sandbox project for those two to contribute
> back to the taglibs community.
> However, I noticed that String taglib already exists, and it makes a lot
> more sense for me to suggest an addition to those, and I'd be happy to help
> out with coding if my somewhat amateur-coding skills would be adequate for
> the task.
> 1) A more intelligent substring.  In my application, I want to give
> "summaries" of a long string of text.  I specify a cutoff of, say 50
> characters, but it will also extend it past 50 to the next space character
> in the case it gets cut off in the middle of the word, so the word isn't
> truncated.
> 2) HTML stripping.  Would be nice to have the functionality to intelligently
> strip HTML/XML tags from a string.  PHP offers this functionality, and I
> miss it somewhat in Java.
> If you would like to incorporate those ideas and even (gasp) let me try my
> hand on coding those functionality, feel free to email me off list and we
> can discuss more.
> -tim
>>Now that there is a released jar from the Commons Lang component, I can
>>start to think about releasing a 1.0 of the String taglib.
>>Before I do such a thing, I'd like to ask if any users would like to make
>>any input on bugs [I'm not aware of any], features or desired
>>documentation. Is there anything about the String taglib that you as a
>>user find frustrating?
>>Once 1.0 is out, I plan to look into a version of the String taglib that
>>works more closely with the JSTL, and will add tags for spliting/joining
>>on comma separated lists of Strings and boolean logic such as 'is this
>>String numeric?'.
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