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A Pelican plugin that allows you to cross-reference articles

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Pelican Xref: A Plugin for Pelican

A Pelican plugin that allows you to cross-reference articles in an easy way

Motivation for this plugin

In Pelican, you can reference other articles in the following way:

Title: The second article
Date: 2012-12-01 10:02

See below intra-site link examples in Markdown format.

[a link relative to the current file]({filename}category/article1.rst)
[a link relative to the content root]({filename}/category/article1.rst)

The issue I have with this is that your file structure becomes very rigid. When you move or rename a file or directory all your references are broken.

That is why I created this plugin.


Step 1: Add xref attribute to your articles

You have to add an attribute named xref to the article attributes, which is only required for articles you want to reference to. The attribute value can contain upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, hyphens (-) and underscores (_).

Title: The first article
xref: ref-1


After you add the xref attribute to an article, you can use it in other articles:

Title: The second article

This article references the first article with the following syntax: [xref:ref-1]

The syntax has two optional attributes: title and blank. You can use the title attribute if you want to use a custom text instead of the title of the referenced article. The blank attribute is used in case you want the created link to open a new window.

Input Generated html
[xref:ref-1] <a href="/category/the-first-article">The first article</a>
[xref:ref-1 title="Title override"] <a href="/category/the-first-article">Title override</a>
[xref:ref-1 blank=1] <a href="/category/the-first-article" target="_blank">The first article</a>
[xref:ref-1 title="Title override" blank=1] <a href="/category/the-first-article" target="_blank">Title override</a>


This plugin can be installed via:

pip install pelican-xref


Contributions are welcome and much appreciated. Every little bit helps. You can contribute by improving the documentation, adding missing features, and fixing bugs. You can also help out by reviewing and commenting on existing issues.

To start contributing to this plugin, review the Contributing to Pelican documentation, beginning with the Contributing Code section.

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