This is a demonstration plugin for constructing a wiki language parser based on the default parser which doesn't need permanent updates (but maybe from time to time).

Until now it was only possible to create a copy of the default parser plugin and modify it in the desired way. This meaned that each change in the default parser had to be done to the copied parser as well.

For simple changes (like double brackets for links as this plugin demonstrates) it can be done more comfortable now by giving some redefinitions of definitions in default parser which are used instead of the original ones. If other parts of the default parser change an overlay parser automatically uses these changes without a manual update.

The OverlayParser works by executing the default parser code in some sort of "guarded" environment. When one of the overlaid identifiers should be set as global variable, the OverlayParser evaluates the definition from its PAYLOAD and sets this result instead. This allows to redefine e.g. the URL patterns to support more URL protocols.

The plugin works for recent 2.2 and 2.1 versions. For final 2.0 it should work but wasn't tested yet.

This plugin is mainly intended for demonstration purposes. If you want your own, you should rename it and modify WIKI_LANGUAGE_NAME (internal name of new wiki language) and WIKI_HR_LANGUAGE_NAME (human readable name) and of course PAYLOAD.

import re, traceback

WIKIDPAD_PLUGIN = (("WikiParser", 1),)

WIKI_LANGUAGE_NAME = "wikidpad_overlaid_2_0"
WIKI_HR_LANGUAGE_NAME = u"WikidPad overlaid 2.0"

def describeWikiLanguage(ver, app):
    API function for "WikiParser" plugins
    Returns a sequence of tuples describing the supported
    insertion keys. Each tuple has the form (intLanguageName, hrLanguageName,
            parserFactory, parserIsThreadsafe, editHelperFactory,
    Where the items mean:
        intLanguageName -- internal unique name (should be ascii only) to
            identify wiki language processed by parser
        hrLanguageName -- human readable language name, unistring
            (TODO: localization)
        parserFactory -- factory function to create parser object(s) fulfilling

        parserIsThreadsafe -- boolean if parser is threadsafe. If not this
            will currently lead to a very inefficient operation
        processHelperFactory -- factory for helper object containing further
            functions needed for editing, tree presentation and so on.
        editHelperIsThreadsafe -- boolean if edit helper functions are


    ver -- API version (can only be 1 currently)
    app -- wxApp object

    return ((WIKI_LANGUAGE_NAME, WIKI_HR_LANGUAGE_NAME, parserFactory,
             True, languageHelperFactory, True),)

# The PAYLOAD looks like Python code but has to use a much simpler syntax:
# <identifier to overlay> = <Python expression>
# If the expression spans multiple lines each except the last one has to end
# with backslash '\'
# Comments are not allowed

BracketStart = u"[["
BracketStartPAT = ur"\[\["

BracketEnd = u"]]"
BracketEndPAT = ur"\]\]"

BracketStartRevPAT = ur"\[\["
BracketEndRevPAT = ur"\]\]"

# ---------- Modifications below this line are not recommended ----------

_LINECONT_RE = re.compile(r"(?:\r\n?|\n)\\", re.UNICODE)
_LINEEND_SPLIT_RE = re.compile(r"\r\n?|\n", re.UNICODE)

def _joinLineConts(text):
    return _LINECONT_RE.sub("", text)

def _splitLines(text):
    return _LINEEND_SPLIT_RE.split(text)

class _ReplacementDictWrapper(dict):
    def __init__(self, realDict, replaceExprDict):
        self.realDict = realDict
        dict.update(self, realDict)
        self.replaceExprDict = replaceExprDict

    def __setitem__(self, key, value):
        if self.replaceExprDict.has_key(key):
            value = eval(self.replaceExprDict[key][0], self)
        self.realDict[key] = value
        dict.__setitem__(self, key, value)

    def __delitem__(self, key):
        del self.realDict[key]
        dict.__delitem__(self, key)

    def overlayToReplaceExprDict(overlay):
        overlay = _joinLineConts(overlay)
        result = {}
        for line in _splitLines(overlay):
            sp = line.split("=", 1)
            if len(sp) != 2:
            result[sp[0].strip()] = (sp[1].strip(),)

        return result

_realParserFactory = None
_realLanguageHelperFactory = None

def _loadWorkerModule():
    global _realParserFactory, _realLanguageHelperFactory
    from os.path import join
    from imp import new_module
    from pwiki.StringOps import loadEntireTxtFile

    # Find original "" file
        # Should work with 2.2beta03 and later
        import wikidpadSystemPlugins
        targetPath = join(wikidpadSystemPlugins.__path__[0],
    except ImportError:
        # Fallback method
        import sys
        targetPath = join(sys.modules[__name__.split(".", 1)[0]].__path__[0],

    original = loadEntireTxtFile(targetPath)
    module = new_module("")
    glSpace = _ReplacementDictWrapper(module.__dict__,

    exec original in glSpace
    _realParserFactory = module.parserFactory
    _realLanguageHelperFactory = module.languageHelperFactory

def parserFactory(intLanguageName, debugMode):
    Builds up a parser object. If the parser is threadsafe this function is
    allowed to return the same object multiple times (currently it should do
    so for efficiency).
    For seldom needed parsers it is recommended to put the actual parser
    construction as singleton in this function to reduce startup time of WikidPad.
    For non-threadsafe parsers it is required to create one inside this
    function at each call.

    intLanguageName -- internal unique name (should be ascii only) to
        identify wiki language to process by parser
    global _realParserFactory
    if _realParserFactory is None:

    return _realParserFactory(intLanguageName, debugMode)

def languageHelperFactory(intLanguageName, debugMode):
    Builds up a language helper object. If the object is threadsafe this function is
    allowed to return the same object multiple times (currently it should do
    so for efficiency).

    intLanguageName -- internal unique name (should be ascii only) to
        identify wiki language to process by helper
    global _realLanguageHelperFactory
    if _realLanguageHelperFactory is None:

    return _realLanguageHelperFactory(intLanguageName, debugMode)