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Ideas about embedding custom objects in PageView


Hi everybody.

I have some ideas about embedding custom objects in PageView, but I'm a beginner in Python and I don't have any experiences with the whole TextView stuff. I wonder if somebody could try to implement it. A custom object is a object which can't be rendered directly by TextView, inserting a GTK widget into TextView is needed. See examples bellow.

	I. Wiki syntax
Example 1: tables
| foo | bar | baz |
| foo | bar | baz |

* Example 2: source code snippets
{{{Source: lang="python" linenumbers="true"
import gtk

* Example 3: LaTeX without external *.tex file

* Example 4: Dummy object for further explanation
{{{AnotherObject: name="foo" attr2="bar" attr3="baz"
some data

	II. ParseTree representation
In ParseTree it could be represented by element 'object':

builder.start('object', {'objectname':'AnotherObject', 'name':'foo', 'attr2':'bar', 'attr3':'baz'})
builder.data('some data')

	III. Rendering and manipulating with data
Rendering and manipulating with object's data is provided by ObjectManager class.

class AnotherObjectManager(ObjectManagerClass):
	# ObjectManagerClass is an abstract class
	def __init__(self, attrs):
		# initiate gui

	def set_data(self, data):
		# parse data and fill the gui

	def get_data(self):
		#get data from gui and dump them
		return self.entry.get_text()

	def get_widget(self):
		# return widget to be
		# included in PageView
		return self.entry

	def export(self, format):
		# exporting object,
		# returns None if format is not
		# supported by this ObjectManager
		# and the fallback should be verbatim
		# paragraph
		if format == 'html':
			return '<input name="'+
			'" value="'+self.get_data()+'">'
		else: return None

	IV. Registering of ObjectManager
It should be some mechanism to register ObjectManager easily by plugins.

# zim/plugins/anotherobject.py

class AnotherObjectPlugin(PluginClass):
	def __init__(self, ui):
		PluginClass.__init__(self, ui)
		ui.register_object_manager('AnotherObject', AnotherObjectManager)

The fallback for unknown object could be verbatim paragraph.

	V. Insertion into PageView
if ObjectManager for current object is registered:
	manager = ObjectManager(attrs)
	Insert widget into PageView
	Fallback to verbatim paragraph
	(whole {{{ }}} block to preserve
	objectname and attrs)

	VI. Conclusion
This feature is very complex, but it will allow to write variety of new plugins.

Best regards
-- Jiří Janoušek

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