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WebEdit v2.1 - freeware open-source plugin for Notepad++ ANSI/Unicode.


This plugin allows you to define up to 30 commands. Each command will surround
the currently selected text with the Left and Right text defined for the
command. If there is no selection, the Left text is inserted to the left of
current caret position, and the Right text is inserted to the right. In any
case the selection and relative cursor position are preserved. Clipboard is
not used. Both text insertions can be undone/redone as a single action.

Also you can define any number of Tags to be replaced by the "Replace Tag"
with some Replacement text. This functionality is very similar to the
QuickText's "Replace Tag". I really liked and used QuickText extensively, but
unfortunately it is not very well supported lately, which was the reason for
adding the command to WebEdit.

The idea is that you can type a short abbreviation, e.g. "p", then press a
hotkey and have it replaced with a (possibly multiline) text of your choice.
Alt+Enter is the default shortcut. If all you need is a QuickText replacement,
then you can put a semicolon (";") before the [Commands] and [Toolbar] sections
in the sample WebEdit.ini, and then edit the [Tags] section to your liking.


The easiest way to install WebEdit is via the Plugin Manager plugin. Keep in
mind, though, that if you upgrade an existing installation of WebEdit, the
WebEdit.ini file will be replaced with the sample version. Don't worry: your
customized file is safely renamed WebEdit.ini.bak or WebEdit.ini.bak2, etc.
All you need to do is go to the Config folder and manually rename it back. As
usual, you can also use the "Edit Config" command to restore the file contents.

To install this plugin manually you have to copy two files:
- file 1: either WebEdit.dll (if you use ANSI version of Notepad++)
  or WebEditU.dll (for the Unicode version) to Notepad++\plugins\ folder;
- file 2: WebEdit.ini to Notepad++\plugins\Config\ folder.
Both folders are to be found either in "Program Files" or in "Application Data"
of your current user, depending on whether you installed Notepad++ in the
Portable mode or not. (Hint: to determine whether Notepad++ is installed in
Portable mode, check for the existence of "doLocalConf.xml" file in the
Notepad++ folder. If the file is present, Portable mode is in effect,
otherwise it is not.) If the WebEdit.dll file is not installed, you will not
see the "WebEdit" menu under the Plugins menu. If the WebEdit.ini file is not
installed, you will see that the Plugins - WebEdit menu consists entirely of
disabled items.
The Config folder of the distribution package contains a sample WebEdit.ini
and a sample set of bitmaps for the toolbar buttons.

The WebEdit plugin allows you to create commands to wrap the selected text in
tags. The commands are to be defined in the "[Commands]" section of the
WebEdit.ini file. Ini-file format:
- a character with code below 32 (space) terminates a line (i.e. end-of-line
  sequence does not matter), the only exception is the tab character;
- line length must not exceed 2046 characters (if a longer line is encountered,
  file processing is aborted at that point);
- any line starting with a semicolon character (;) is considered a comment and
- the file may contain any number of any sections. A section is a line of the
  following format: "[" <section name> "]". Only the sections with supported
  names are processed in order of appearance, all others are ignored.

You can edit the ini-file in Notepad++ by selecting "Edit Config" command from
Plugins - WebEdit menu. Edit the file, save it, and update the plugin
configuration by selecting "Load Config" command from the Plugins - WebEdit
menu (you don't have to restart Notepad++, but note that toolbar is only
updated on startup).

The "[Commands]" section format:
- if you want a line to contain a non-printable character, you must escape it
  with a backslash; the following escape sequences are supported:
  - \t = 09 - tab character;
  - \n = 10 - line feed (LF) character;
  - \r = 13 - carriage return (CR) character;
  - \\ = "\" - double backslash is replaced with a single backslash. This is
    required if you don't want "\t", "\n", etc. to be escaped: just write
    "\\t" and you will get "\t";
  - any other characters after the backslash are not escaped, e.g. "\a" = "\a";
- the minimum valid line is "=|" any line not containing "=" and "|" after it
  is ignored;
- line syntax: [menu item] "=" [Left text] "|" [Right text], for example:
- syntax explanation:
  - [menu item] is the text displayed in the plugin menu ("Paragraph"));
  - [Left text] is the text inserted to the left of current selection ("<p>");
  - [Right text] is the text inserted to the right of current selection ("</p>");
  - all of the above strings are optional;
  - limitations: you can't use "=" in the menu text, and you can't use "|" in
    the Left text.
At most 30 commands may be defined in the "[Commands]" section, all superfluous
commands are ignored. The defined commands are listed in the plugin menu in the
same order they appear in the file. Unused menu slots appear as disabled and
show text "WebEdit Slot XX", where XX is the number of the slot. The first slot
number is "01".

The "[Toolbar]" section determines which of the command slots will be placed on
the toolbar. Syntax: <slot number> "=" <file name>
Example: 1=Paragraph.bmp
Slot numbers are 1..30. The bitmap file should be placed in the plugins/Config
folder and should contain a bitmap image suitable for the toolbar.

To display custom toolbar buttons Notepad++ should be configured to use "Small
standard icons" (it is by default). To find this option go to the "Settings -
Preferences..." menu, and in the "Global" tab look for the "Tool bar" group.

The "[Tags]" section format:
- if you want a line to contain a non-printable character, you must escape it
  with a backslash; the following escape sequences are supported:
  - \c - replaced with the current clipboard contents;
  - \i - add one level of indentation (same as pressing the Tab key);
  - \n - new line, replaced with the current document's EOL sequence;
  - \t - tab character;
  - \| = "|" - use it if you want to insert the "pipe" character;
  - \\ = "\" - double backslash is replaced with a single backslash. This is
    required if you need a backslash to appear in the Replacement text;
  - any other escaped character will be simply removed from the string;
- line syntax: <Tag> "=" <Replacement>, for example: "p=PROCEDURE | ;\n";
- syntax explanation:
  - <Tag> is the text in the document to be replaced;
  - <Replacement> is the text to be inserted instead of the Tag;
  - limitations: Tag can only contain character a..z, A..Z and 0..9. The Tag
    can be 1 to 32 characters long. Total length of a line is subject to the
    global ini-file limitation of 2046 characters. This means that the
    Replacement text can contain 2013..2044 characters, depending on the
    length of the corresponding Tag text. If a line is too long, it will be
    truncated. If a line does not adhere to the rest of the restrictions, it
    will be skipped;
  - since '\' character is not allowed in the Tag, only the Replacement text
    can contain escape sequences and other special characters;
  - the pipe character "|" plays a special role in the Replacement text: it
    marks the position of the caret after tag replacement. All pipe characters
    will be removed from the Replacement text, unless prefixed with a '\', but
    only one of them (the last one) will mark the caret position.

You can assign shortcuts to the plugin menu items via Settings - Shortcut
Mapper - Plugin commands. If you are running Notepad++ 5.0 and later, you will
see the actual command names, i.e. instead of the dummy text "WebEdit Slot XX"
you will see "WebEdit - Command name", where the "Command name" is the text as
displayed in the plugin menu. Due to insufficient support of the dynamic menus
by Notepad++ the text in the Shortcut Mapper will only be updated on restart,
even though you can change the command at run-time using the "Load Config"

Hint: if you want to set a menu accelerator, use the ampersand character (&) in
the menu item text. For example: "&Paragraph tag=<p>|</p>". The character after
the ampersand ("P" in this case) will be underlined in the plugin menu, which
makes it possible to simply type "p" on the keyboard instead of selecting the
menu item with mouse or cursor keys. The accelerator, of course, will only work
when the plugin menu is displayed (press "Alt+p, w" to display the "Plugins -
WebEdit" menu).

PS: If you feel that the limit of 30 functions maximum is too constricting, you
can painlessly increase the number up to 99, but you will have to recompile the
plugin. See instructions in the WebEdit.ob2 source file.


The WebEdit plugin was created by Alexander Iljin (Amadeus IT Solutions) on
March 2008 - March 2010.
You may contact me via e-mail:
The preferred method for feedback is the Notepad++ forum. Post your feature
requests and bug reports here:

Version 2.1, 31.03.2010.
- Added "\c" escape sequence to paste clipboard contents when replacing a tag.
- Added "\i" escape sequence to increase indentation level when replacing a tag.
- Removed error message box from the "Edit Config" command.
- Fixed: "\n" now indents by copying only the empty part of the first line, not the whole part up to the tag.
- Fixed invalid caret placement after replacing a tag when you move the caret with up and down keys (it jumped to a different column on adjacent lines).

Version 2.0, 29.03.2010.
- Added "Replace Tag" menu item.
- Added version number to the About box title.

Version 1.4, 23.02.2010.
- Added "Edit Config" menu item.
- Updated documentation, clarified wording.
- Scintilla "direct access" function is used for a tiny bit of speed improvement.

Version 1.3.3, 22.05.2009.
- Added a set of bitmaps and a few new commands published by
- Fixed a couple of crash bugs caused by invalid slot numbers for the toolbar buttons.

Version, 14.05.2009.
- Better installation instructions in the WebEdit.txt documentation.
- Source code is moved to the "Source" subfolder of the distribution package.

Version, 23.04.2009.
- Included a sample bitmap in the distribution package.

Version, 02.04.2009.
- Populated the WebEdit.ini with some HTML tags (based on the sample set provided by Jonas Flint (jive)
- The sample WebEdit.ini is moved to Config subfolder of the distribution package for easier installation.
- Documentation update: added a note about the "Small standard icons".

Version 1.3.2, 27.03.2009.
- Minor internal tweaks.
- Added Unicode version.

Version 1.3.1, 11.07.2008.
- Tab character does not terminate a line in the ini-file anymore.

Version 1.3, 09.07.2008.
- The plugin can be configured to add its commands to the toolbar.

Version 1.2, 18.06.2008.
- New feature for Notepad++ 5.0 and later: the Shortcut Mapper will show the
  actual menu item names instead of dummy "WebEdit XX", e.g. "WebEdit -
  Paragraph Tag".
  Note: to update strings displayed by the Shortcut Mapper you have to restart
  Notepad++. If you have used "Load Config" to update the plugin configuration,
  the shortcut table may be out of date.

Version 1.1, 07.06.2008.
- The dummy menu entries are renamed from "not used" to "WebEdit Slot XX", where
  XX is the number of the slot. This helps greatly to find the items in the Shortcut
  Mapper and differentiate between them.
- The double slash is now recognized as an escape sequence in the ini-file.
- Added version information resource to the DLL.

Version 1.0, 18.03.2008.
- Plugin renamed to WebEdit (was NppWebEdit) to simplify navigation in the "Plugins" menu.
- Added WebEdit.txt file with the plugin description.
- The plugin now has 15 menu slots for user-defined functions read from WebEdit.ini.

Version 0.2, 08.03.2008.
- Insertion of a pair of tags is undone as a single action.

Version 0.1, 06.03.2008.
Initial release.