[wp-hackers] Re: Back on the plugin scene -- some questions

Stephanie Booth bunnylists at gmail.com
Sat Dec 29 17:36:05 GMT 2007

On Dec 29, 2007 11:53 AM, Stephanie Booth <bunnylists at gmail.com> wrote:
> 1. Print CSS

this is mostly solved, cf. my other mail about it.

> 2. Is feed or not?

Thanks to Peter and Lutz for their suggestions. Seems solved to me (I
now understand my mistake).

> 3. Sandbox drop-down menu problem in IE/win

this is still open.

> 4. Using ob_start()
> I've been told this could be a bit nasty, but it seems a solution for
> my Basic Bilingual plugin (updated last night in the plugin
> repository, btw!), which I would like to make capable of inserting
> lang="xx" attributes in various pre-existing elements in templates.
> Can somebody tell me if I'm on the right track with the following:
> function bb_replace($buffer) {
>         $search = blah blah
>         $replace = blah blih bloh
>         return preg_replace($search, $replace, $buffer);
> }
> function bb_buffer() {
>                 ob_start('bb_replace');
> }
> add_action('template_redirect', 'bb_buffer'); // is this the correct
> hook to use?

After a few hit-and-miss attempts, I'm a little more advanced, and the
problem has morphed into a regex issue. Here's what I have:

function bll_insert_slug_links($buffer) {

       $search = '</div><!-- #access -->';
       $replace = bll_make_slug_links() . $search;
      // return preg_replace($search, $replace, $buffer);
      return str_replace($search, $replace, $buffer);

function bll_embed_slug_links_well($buffer) {

add_action('template_redirect', 'bll_embed_slug_links_well');

I've tested it and it works, inserting the code generated by
bll_make_slug_links() right before the closing </div> I wanted. So, to
answer my own question, I was indeed on the right track.

It gets more complicated, however, when the code I try to match is
'</ul></div> .....some whitespace..... </div><!-- #access -->'. As the
nature of the whitespace is undetermined, that means I have to use
ereg_replace() or preg_replace() (I don't think it's possible with
str_replace(), correct me if I'm wrong). And this is where all goes to
hell because I've forgotten how to format regexes properly.

Here's my first (failing) attempt:

$search='/<\/ul><\/div>\s\s+<\/div><\!-- \#access -->/';

Assistance from a regex wizard would be muchly appreciated. Also, am I
going to have to escape the string returned by bll_make_slug_links()?
(it's a bunch of HTML links).

Thanks for your help,


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