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Enables storage and retrieval of extended metadata using filename.

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Extended Title Reader for Python

**Copyright (c) 2016-2017 David Betz**

(the 2017 Python port of the 2008 .NET version)

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pip install etitle


Filenames can contain a lot more than simply a name. This is an
important discovery when a filename is all that we have. Modern content
solutions demand pretty URLs, expressive titles, and meaningful

This projects lets you get all of these from the filename.


Consider the following document filename:


/usr/cms/uni/billy {_of=chicago}/{The Importance of} Continual Regression Analysis;mathematics.txt

Using ``etitle``, this data produces the following data:

- **Title**: The Importance of Continual Regression Analysis

- **Branch Title**: Billy of Chicago

- **URL**: billy/continualregressionanalysis

- **Branch**: billy

- **Labels/Tags**: ['billy', 'mathematics']

Using this information, a custom web platform could contain a registry
of URLs for routing.



Filenames are based after their base path. In the above example, we
would have told the system to scan or read the following path:



In this path it would find the following file:


/usr/cms/uni/billy {_of=chicago}/{The Importance of} Continual Regression Analysis;mathematics.txt

It knows to only parse the following:


billy {_of=chicago}/{The Importance of} Continual Regression Analysis;mathematics.txt


Selectors are the keys that can be used as URLs. Selectors, therefore,
follow the same rules as URLs with the added constraint of prettiness.

These are created by removing exceptions, labels, and file-related stuff
from the filename. In the previous example, the following:


billy {_of=chicago}/{The Importance of} Continual Regression Analysis;mathematics.txt




Exceptions are the {} sections. Anything in those are removed from.
Pretty URLs don't have spaces (%20), so those are removed. They also
don't have file extensions (e.g. txt); because there is no such thing as
a "directory" on the web, they also don't have directory indicators
(e.g. the training slash).

Therefore, after integrating this into a flexible web platform (e.g.
Node.JS/Express, or Django for the Python port of this project), a uer
could access something like the following:


Selectors can also be explicitly set by prefixing text with double
equals (==). For example, consider the following:


james==king/Topological Analysis;mathematics.txt

The selector of this is ``king/topologicalanalysis``.

This mechanism allows you to sort and seek (e.g. pressing ``j`` to go to
``james``) in your file explorer. The alternative way for writing this
is ``{james }king``, but this doesn't preserve the ease-of-access in
file explorer.

While the selector is the full entity (e.g.
billy/continualregressionanalysis), a ``branch selector`` is everything
in front of the final segment (e.g. ``billy``).


The title of the document also comes from the filename. The title of the
previous document would be the following:


The Importance of Continual Regression Analysis

Filenames should be design around the filename with exception codes and
metadata added subsequently.

There are also branch titles.

Consider again the following example:


billy {_of=chicago}/{The Importance of} Continual Regression Analysis;mathematics.txt

The branch title of this would be the following:


Billy of Chicago

When viewing a label on a website, this could be the page title.


Filenames are case-sensitive. The case you set is the case the file will
have. However, not every tool will respect this. Also, though Windows
retains case in many cases, it's horribly inconsistent. Filenames in
Windows are not treated as technical entities, they are incorrectly
treated as human-readable labels. To get around alternation by tools and
this Windows design flaw, ``etitle`` allows you to be very explicit
about your casing.

In our example, the name of the document's author is in the filename as
the following:


billy {_of=chicago}

``etitle`` renders this as the following:


Billy of Chicago

The underscore (\_) explicitly forces lowercase. The equals (=)
explicitly forces uppercase.

By default, titles start with uppercase.


Every modern content system has a concept of labels / tags (hereafter

``etitle`` provides a few different ways of adding label metadata. The
most explicit is with a series of semicolons like in the following


{=s.=b. }smith/lectures/{On the }2nd Person;2nd=person;mathematics;psychology.txt

This would have the following labels:


'smith', '2ndperson', 'mathematics', 'psychology'

There are four (4) different label modes. These modes tell ``etitle``
how to find the labels.

root (default)

This is the default. This treats root (the first) selector segment as a

This allows for easy categorization to reflect your original filesystem
organization structure.



john/biology/title;chemistry.txt -> john, chemistry


This treats each selector segment as a label.

This mode is helpful is you have subcategories. One use case currently
in use is for the root to be an author and the second segment to be a
book title. Both the author and the title are labels.



john/biology/title;chemistry.txt -> john, biology, chemistry


This treats the ``branch selector`` as a label.

The use case for this is similar to ``each``, but it's more explicit.
One use case for this is blogging. ``2017/01/myblogentry`` may be a
selector (e.g. your URL path), but ``2017/01`` may be a label for your
label cloud.



john/biology/title;chemistry.txt -> john/biology, chemistry


This only uses explicitly set labels as labels. The root is not added
into the mix, completely decoupling labels from your physical folder



john/biology/title;chemistry.txt -> chemistry


Hyphens are taboo in modern websites, but changing a URL is worst.
Therefore, to retain backward compatibility, there's a
``allowHyphensInSelector`` option (options are discussed in ``usage``).
This will tell the engine to *not* strip out hyphens when creating the

Special Characters

Special characters can be used in titles with special character codes.
For example, consider the following example:


billy {_of=chicago}/Section 5{%colon%}10{%colon% Behavior for }Introspection.txt

The title for this is as follows:


Section 5:10: Behavior for Introspection

Though a colon is not allowed in the filename, we can still have it in
the title.

Here's a full set of special character codes:



.titles for existing data

For existing data, you have neither the time nor the inclination to go
through the aforementioned formatting for existing content. Your data
already has titles and associated URLs. This is where ``etitle``'s
concept of the ``.titles`` helps.

The ``.titles`` file is a simple key/value file that specifies selectors
and titles in a selector/title format. It's placed either in the root of
the dataset or in any subfolder. For example, for the path
``/usr/cms/uni/``, the ``.titles`` file is ``/usr/cms/uni/.title``. The
root dataset is always used, but the folder dataset can add and override

Consider the following line from one website's ``.titles`` file:


2007/08/Minima-NET-35-Blog-Engine, Minima .NET 3.5 Blog Engine (a.k.a. Minima 2.0)

This signifies that ``2007/08/minima-net-35-blog-engine`` will have a
title of "Minima .NET 3.5 Blog Engine (a.k.a. Minima 2.0)".

In this particular case, files before 2008 (when ``etitle`` was
originally built, on .NET) were exported using the selectors specified
by the former blog engine (`Minima <>`__ in
this case). The filename created during the export was
"2007/08/minima-net-35-blog-engine;projects.txt". The ``.titles`` file
was given the key (which ``etitle`` would figure out on its own) and the
title also exported.

Files with selectors not in the ``.titles`` files will be treated

.titles for new data

The ``.titles`` file can also be used to store titles for individual
files. To do this, you set the title of your document to
:math:`, then store the selector / title in the `.titles`. One easy way to set the title to `
is the use the following pattern in your file name:


$ - selector.txt

For example:


$ - resume.txt

That is, "dollarsign space hyphen space selector".

The following would be either in your root or relative ``.titles``


resume, Curriculum Vitae

Your selector is ``resume`` and your title is "Curriculum Vitae".

Manual titles

You can also provide title data using the ``titleData`` property of
``options``. See usage for details.




const etitle = require('etitle');

There are two core functions. The signatures are:

- ``[selector, branch, title, branch_title, labels] etitle.parse(filename, fileroot, options)``

- ``[selector, branch, title, branch_title, labels] etitle.parse_using_title_dataSync(filename, fileroot, options)``

- ``[Promise] etitle.parse_using_title_data(filename, fileroot, options)``

The syntax of the first is fairly simple:


let [selector, branch, title, branch_title, labels] = etitle.parse(filename, fileroot, options)

The second is like the first, but also looks for title data


let [selector, branch, title, branch_title, labels] = etitle.parse_using_title_dataSync(filename, fileroot, options)

The third is uses a Promise. Therefore, your usage is the following:


etitle.parse_using_title_data(filename, fileroot, options)
.then(v => {
let [selector, branch, title, branch_title, labels] = = v;
.catch(err => { throw err; });

The ``fileroot`` is the base of all your files. When doing an iterative
filesystem scan, this would be your starting point.

``options`` can include the following:

- ``allowHyphensInSelector``: boolean

- ``labelMode``: can be 'root', 'each', 'branch, 'manual'

- ``keepDot``: if true, dots will be kept in the selector; this comes
in handy when sharing files (e.g.

- ``titleData``: this is an array of key/value objects which can
manually override titles; if set, titles are not searched for, even
if the title functions are used. This enables scenarios where
external titles might be needed, but disabling won't require code
changes. Effectively, setting ``titleData`` to [] will disable the
title search.


Though the above functions are the primary entry points, the internally
used ``create_selector`` function has also been exported.

This function creates a key from a path and has myriad use cases. For
example, a simply find/replace from / to \_ will make a legal Azure
Table Storage key.



[selector] create_selector(path, allowHyphensInSelector, keepDot)

Consider the following:


{=s.=b. }smith/lectures/{On the }2nd Person

This becomes the following:





Consider the following URL:


The above url comes from the following file:


E:\Drive\Documents\Content\NetFX\NetFXContent\2016\09\{Developing Azure }Modular ARM{ Templates};azure;

The title is "Developing Azure Modular ARM Templates".

The labelMode is ``branch``, therefore the labels are "2016/09",
"azure", and "powershell".

Shared Files

Consider the following URL:


The above url comes from the following file:



The title is "mongodb/".

The labelMode is ``root``, therefore the single label is "mongodb".

User Text Content

Consider the following URL:


For this site, ``gaffin`` represents a label.

The title for this page is:


Richard Gaffin

The label ``gaffin`` and the title ``Richard Gaffin`` came from the
following folder name:



Consider the following URL:


For this site, ``vanasselt`` represents a label.

The title for this page is:


Willem van Asselt

The label ``gaffin`` and the title ``Richard Gaffin`` came from the
following folder name:


E:\Drive\Documents\Content\Ectypal\EctypalContent\{willem }_van=asselt

The author writes the ``v`` in his name ``Willem van Asselt`` as
lowercase. The underscore (\_) enforces this.

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