mdast-zone

mdast utility to treat HTML comments as ranges or markers

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mdast utility to find two comments and replace the content in them.

Contents

*   [`zone(tree, name, handler)`](#zonetree-name-handler)
*   [`Handler`](#handler)
*   [`Info`](#info)

What is this?

This package is a utility that lets you find certain comments, then takes the content between them, and calls a given handler with the result, so that you can change or replace things.

When should I use this?

This utility is typically useful when you have certain sections that can be generated. Comments are a hidden part of markdown, so they can be used as processing instructions. You can use those comments to define what content to change or replace.
A similar package, mdast-util-heading-rangemdast-util-heading-range, does the same but uses a heading to mark the start and end of sections.

Install

This package is ESM onlyesm. In Node.js (version 14.14+ and 16.0+), install with npm:
npm install mdast-zone

In Deno with esm.shesmsh:
import {zone} from 'https://esm.sh/mdast-zone@5'

In browsers with esm.shesmsh:
<script type="module">
  import {zone} from 'https://esm.sh/mdast-zone@5?bundle'
</script>

Use

Say we have the following file, example.md:
<!--foo start-->

Foo

<!--foo end-->

…and a module example.js:
import {read} from 'to-vfile'
import {remark} from 'remark'
import {zone} from 'mdast-zone'

const file = await remark()
  .use(myPluginThatReplacesFoo)
  .process(await read('example.md'))

console.log(String(file))

/** @type {import('unified').Plugin<[], import('mdast').Root>} */
function myPluginThatReplacesFoo() {
  return (tree) => {
    zone(tree, 'foo', (start, nodes, end) => [
      start,
      {type: 'paragraph', children: [{type: 'text', value: 'Bar.'}]},
      end
    ])
  }
}

…now running node example.js yields:
<!--foo start-->

Bar.

<!--foo end-->

API

This package exports the identifier zoneapi-zone. There is no default export.

zone(tree, name, handler)

Search tree for a start and end comments matching name and change their “section” with handler.
Parameters
— tree to change
  • name (string)
— comment name to look for
— handle a section
Returns
Nothing (void).

Handler

Callback called when a section is found (TypeScript type).
Parameters
— start of section
— nodes between `start` and `end`
— end of section
— extra info
Returns
Results (Array<Node | null | undefined>, optional).
If nothing is returned, nothing will be changed. If an array of nodes (can include null and undefined) is returned, the original section will be replaced by those nodes.

Info

Extra info (TypeScript type).
Fields
— parent of the section
  • start (number)
— index of `start` in `parent`
  • end (number or null)
— index of `end` in `parent`

Types

This package is fully typed with TypeScript. It exports the additional types Handlerapi-handler and Infoapi-info.

Compatibility

Projects maintained by the unified collective are compatible with all maintained versions of Node.js. As of now, that is Node.js 14.14+ and 16.0+. Our projects sometimes work with older versions, but this is not guaranteed.

Security

Improper use of handler can open you up to a cross-site scripting (XSS)xss attack as the value it returns is injected into the syntax tree. This can become a problem if the tree is later transformed to hast. The following example shows how a script is injected that could run when loaded in a browser.
function handler(start, nodes, end) {
  return [start, {type: 'html', value: '<script>alert(1)</script>'}, end]
}

Yields:
<!--foo start-->

<script>alert(1)</script>

<!--foo end-->

Either do not use user input or use hast-util-santize
hast-util-sanitize.

Related

— similar but uses headings to mark sections

Contribute

See contributing.mdcontributing in syntax-tree/.githubhealth for ways to get started. See support.mdsupport for ways to get help.
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License

MITlicense © Titus Wormerauthor