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A fun little gem for adding links to text based off of regular expressions and template URLs. It is important to note that I know very little about Tattoos and their terminology. I thought it would be a fun theme since you're simply adding some awesomness to regular old text.


It is important to note that the Gun works both ways, you can get at the markings in a piece of text as well as produce a marked up version. This is why it's not a JQuery plugin.

Create some "Ink" by supplying a name and a regexp. If you want it to go somewhere, give it a :host and :url as well: tags =, /([a-z]+)/i, :host => "", :url => "/tags/:id")

Create a gun and load up some Ink: gun ="Some #sweet tags", [tags])

The gun can either produce a 'tattoo' for you: => "Some #sweet tags"

Or you can look at what you would have written: gun.look => {:tags => ["sweet"]}

To specify a different prefix or token, supply them to the Ink (defaults to '#' and 'id' respectively):, /([a-z]+)/i, :host => "", :url => "/users/:user", :token => "user", :prefix => "@")

The latter is useful in parsing things like tweets and saving the tags or whatnot to the database.

Note on Patches/Pull Requests

  • Fork the project.
  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.
  • Add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Commit, do not mess with rakefile, version, or history. (if you want to have your own version, that is fine but bump version in a commit by itself I can ignore when I pull)
  • Send me a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.


Copyright (c) 2009 Zachary Belzer (zbelzer). See LICENSE for details.

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