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Message System

Tidy has a quite complex warning/error report and footnote messaging system, but most of this complexity is completely hidden away from you in order to make adding messages as simple as possible. This particular README instructs you how to add a new warning/error report to libTidy.

First assign the message a key value. This is done in tidyenum.h, in one of the two enumerations that are listed there.

  1. tidyStrings - starts with the value TIDYSTRINGS_FIRST = 500, and it must be first. This is the list of all strings available in Tidy with the exception of strings provided by other enumerations. However don't modify this enum directly. You'll modify a preprocessor macro instead.

  2. TidyOptionId - You probably won't need this unless you're adding new options, and there's another readme for that.

  3. TidyConfigCategory - You probably won't need this, either, unless you're adding a whole new category for options.

  4. TidyReportLevel - And you probably won't need this, either.

All enum values are only ever used by name within libTidy (and incidentally, should only ever be used by name in your client applications; never trust the value!), so feel free to enter new strings in English alphabetical order (this helps us audit all of the strings from time to time).

As mentioned above, tidyStrings messages must be defined in one of the existing macros named like FOREACH_...(FN), such as FOREACH_DIALOG_MSG(FN). These macros ensure that another data structure used for localization and key lookup is updated automatically any time strings are added or removed, thus limiting the possibility of developer error.

Step 1

So in this case I want to add 3 warning messages: BAD_SURROGATE_PAIR, BAD_SURROGATE_TAIL, and BAD_SURROGATE_LEAD. Because these are error reports, they belong in the tidyStrings enum, and they fit into nicely into the macro beginning FOREACH_REPORT_MSG(FN). Add the message key values into this macro, ensuring they are nested in the FN() syntax.

Step 2

The next step is adding a format string to language_en.h. This string may later be translated to various supported language strings, but even if you wish to support another language, it’s critical that you add the message format string to language_en.h, which serves as the base language for LibTidy.

Where to add this seems a bit of a mess, but in general things are grouped by where they're used in libTidy, and often in alphabetical order within those groups. Here I've added them in alphabetical order in the section where all of the other report messages are.

Depending on which of the output routines you use (consult message.c) you may be able to use parameters such as %u and %s in your format strings. The available data is currently limited to the available message output routines. Please don't use printf for message output within libTidy.

Note that Tidy doesn't currently support numbered printf parameters; parameters will be consumed in the order the report output function calls them.

Step 3

The last step — hopefully — is adding the message key to the dispatchTable[] structure in message.c. This structure determines the TidyReportLevel (report severity) and message formatter (how to print the message). Then whenever you issue the report with TY_(Report)() or one of the existing convenience report functions, the correct message formatter will be used for the parameters that you specify.

Please read the source code in message.c for help on how to choose a message formatter, or how to modify one of the existing message formatters if you need to accomodate a new function signature for your report.

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