FandocUser Guide

Fandoc is a support library that aids Fantom-Factory Ltd in the development of other libraries, frameworks and applications. Though you are welcome to use it, you may find features are missing and the documentation incomplete.


Alternative and extensible Fandoc writers that provide intelligent context.

<pre> blocks are parsed, providing syntax highlighting for code, and table rendering.

Hooks are provided to resolve link and image URLs so invalid links may be highlighted.

Quick Start

using afFandoc::HtmlDocWriter

class Example {
    Void main() {
        fandoc := "..."

        html := HtmlDocWriter.fullyLoaded.parseAndWriteToStr(fandoc)

        echo(html)  // --> <html> ... </html>

Syntax Hightlighting

Preformatted text may have syntax highlighting applied (courtesy of the core syntax pod). Simply prefix the pre text with:

syntax: XXXX

Where XXXX is the name of the syntax to use. Example:

syntax: fantom

class Example {
   Void main() {
       echo("Hello Mum!")

Common syntaxes include:

  • csharp
  • css
  • fantom
  • html
  • java
  • javascript
  • xml

For a full list of default supported styles, look in the Fantom installation at the files under %FAN_HOME%\etc\syntax\

Table Rendering

To render a HTML table, use preformatted text with table: as the first line.

Table parsing is simple, but expressive. The first line to start with a - character defines where the column boundaries are. All lines before are table headers, all lines after are table data.



Full Name    First Name  Last Name
-----------  ----------  ---------
John Smith   John        Smith
Fred Bloggs  Fred        Bloggs
Steve Eynon  Steve       Eynon


Full Name

First Name

Last Name

John Smith



Fred Bloggs



Steve Eynon



Note that any lines consisting entirely of - or + characters are ignored. This means the above table could also be written as:

|             | First | Last   |
| Full Name   | Name  | Name   |
| John Smith  | John  | Smith  |
| Steve Eynon | Steve | Eynon  |
| Fred Bloggs | Fred  | Bloggs |

Link Resolving

Link resovlers are used by HtmlDocWriter to transform relative URLs and schemes (of your own design) into fully working absolute URLs. If any given link is not resolved then it is written with an invalidLink CSS class, which you should then style as red, or some other appropiate colour.

Some pass-through link resolvers are provided that simply return the given URL, this prevents common links from being rendered as invalid.

Link resolvers let you design your own custom link formats, just like wot Fantom did with fandoc links!