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Remark Extend: Overview

A plugin for remark to extend markdown by importing from source files.

remark-extend is build to be integrated within the unifiedjs system.

Installation

npm i -D remark-extend
const unified = require('unified');
const markdown = require('remark-parse');
const mdStringify = require('remark-html');

const { remarkExtend } = require('remark-extend');

const sourceMd = [
  //
  '# Headline',
  "```js ::import('@name/pkg/README.md')",
  '```',
].join('\n');

const parser = unified().use(markdown).use(remarkExtend).use(mdStringify);
const result = await parser.process(sourceMd);

Importing a block

In many cases, the full file might be too much so you want to import a "block". A block starts with a headline and ends when the next headline of an equal level starts.

## Block one

Content of block one

## Block two

Content of block two

### Sub headline in block two

Still content of block two

## Block three

Content of block three

Now if you wish to import only block two you can write.

# Blew you will find Block two

```js ::importBlock('./path/to/file.md', '## Block two')

```

Result after import

# Blew you will find Block two

## Block two

Content of block two

### Sub headline in block two

Still content of block two

PS: importBlock is a faster way of writing imports for headlines

::importBlock('./path/to/file.md', '## red')
// is the same as
::import('./path/to/file.md', 'heading[depth=2]:has([value=red])', 'heading[depth=2]:has([value=red]) ~heading[depth=2]')

Block Variations

Besides block there are is also ::importBlockContent, ::importSmallBlock and ::importSmallBlockContent.

  • ::importBlockContent will take the same block (headline to next headline of equal level) but excludes the headline.
  • ::importSmallBlock will import a small block (headline to any next headline)

Given the following content let's compare what the content would be.

# My Package

Intro to my Package

## Installation

How to install my package

::importBlock('./path/to/file.md', '# My Package')

# My Package

Intro to my Package

## Installation

How to install my package

::importBlockContent('./path/to/file.md', '# My Package')

Intro to my Package

## Installation

How to install my package

::importSmallBlock('./path/to/file.md', '# My Package')

# My Package

Intro to my Package

::importSmallBlockContent('./path/to/file.md', '# My Package')

Intro to my Package

Adjusting imported content

If a function gets placed in the import code block then it does get called for every node from the starting point (including the starting point).

Note: does work for ::import and ::importBlock

Adjustment Input File

👉 file.md

### Red

red is the fire

Adjustment Extending File

The goal is to replace all red with green.

# Below you will not find any read

```js ::import('./path/to/file.md')
module.exports.replaceSection = node => {
  if (node.value) {
    node.value = node.value.replace(/red/g, 'green').replace(/Red/g, 'Green');
  }
  return node;
};
```

This function gets called with these nodes in order.

  1. root
  2. heading
  3. text
  4. paragraph
  5. text

Adjustment Result

# Below you will not find any read

### Green

green is the fire

Import selection

For ::import you can provide a start and end selector based on unist-util-select.

Some examples are:

  • :root for the top of the markdown file
  • :scope:last-child for the end of the markdown file
  • heading:has([value=Red]) first heading with a text value of Red (e.g. ### Red)
  • heading[depth=2] first second level heading (e.g. ## Something)
  • heading[depth=2]:has([value=Red]) ~ heading[depth=2] following h2 after h2 with "Red" (e.g. ## Red ... ## Something)

Markdown AST

All adjustments to the markdown file happen via the markdown AST (Abstract Syntax Tree).

You can explore it via the ASTExplorer. (> Markdown > remark)

### Red

red is the fire

Resulting AST.

{
  "type": "root",
  "children": [
    {
      "type": "heading",
      "depth": 3,
      "children": [
        {
          "type": "text",
          "value": "Red"
        }
      ]
    },
    {
      "type": "paragraph",
      "children": [
        {
          "type": "text",
          "value": "red is the fire"
        }
      ]
    }
  ]
}

Usage in import

If you full control of what the start and end selector should be then you can use ::import.

To for example import everything that is between ## Red and ## More Red you can use something like this.

```::import('./path/to/file.md', 'heading[depth=2]:has([value=Red])', 'heading[depth=2]:has([value=More Red])')

```