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Allow custom delimiters #23

baptiste opened this issue May 7, 2017 · 2 comments

Allow custom delimiters #23

baptiste opened this issue May 7, 2017 · 2 comments


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@baptiste baptiste commented May 7, 2017

{ } would make it hard to work with some languages such as TeX.

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@egnha egnha commented May 20, 2017

Here's a simple DIY solution: substitute custom delimiters by glue's delimiters, then apply glue.

  • First, make a delimiter converter (which ”escapes” curly braces):
    redelimiter <- function(l, r) {
      redelim <- list(c("\\{", "{{"), c("\\}", "}}"), c(l, "{"), c(r, "}"))
        Reduce(function(x, .) gsub(.[1], .[2], x), redelim, text)
    For example, to convert <<, >> delimiters to glue's delimiters, apply redelimiter("<<", ">>") to your string:
    redelimiter("<<", ">>")("The value of $e^{2\\pi i}$ is $<<one>>$.")
    #> [1] "The value of $e^{{2\\pi i}}$ is ${one}$."
  • Then extend glue() to handle custom delimiters, by “redelimiting” before calling glue. (One has to be careful to pass the interpolation arguments to glue() unevaluated.)
    glue_with_delim <- function(l, r) {
      redelim <- redelimiter(l, r)
      # derived from glue_data()
      restring <- function(..., env) {
        strings <- eval(substitute(alist(...)))
        is_text <- !glue:::has_names(strings)
        strings[is_text] <- redelim(lapply(strings[is_text], eval, envir = env))
      # same formals as glue()
      function(..., .sep = "", .envir = parent.frame()) {
        strings <- restring(..., env = parent.frame())
        eval(, strings, .sep = .sep, .envir = .envir)))
  • With glue_with_delim(), you can make a version of glue() adapted to custom delimiters:
    gum <- glue_with_delim("<<", ">>")
    text1 <- "The value of $e^{2\\pi i}$ is $<<one>>$."
    text2 <- "The value of $e^{2\\pi i}+1$ is $<<two>>$."
    gum(text1, text2, one = Re(exp(pi * 2i)), two = one + 1, .sep = "\n")
    #> The value of $e^{2\pi i}$ is $1$.
    #> The value of $e^{2\pi i}+1$ is $2$.
    (gum(), as defined, won't allow you to insert literal <<, >>. But you can lift this limitation by calling glue_with_delim() with appropriate regular expressions, in place of "<<", ">>".)

@jimhester Do you think custom delimiters are better off as DIY?

A disadvantage of the DIY solution presented here is its inefficiency: aside from the call to redelim(), restring() duplicates computations in glue_data().

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@jimhester jimhester commented May 22, 2017

I think this is an interesting solution. I think modifying the C code to handle this case is probably a better way to go in the package, but you can definitely use something like this until that is implemented.

@jimhester jimhester closed this in b4a07bb May 22, 2017
jimhester added a commit that referenced this issue May 22, 2017
Fixes #23
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