[Wikitext-l] Image links

Andreas Jonsson andreas.jonsson at kreablo.se
Tue Aug 31 17:06:10 UTC 2010

I have previosly written about speculative execution in the lexer.  To
exactly reproduce the behavior of the image links, not only one, but
two speculations will be necessary.  However, this is very complex and
the use case is undocumented so I would like to simplify these.

The original beheviour is as follows: the option list is split on the
'|' character; the caption is the _last_ non-option in the list, if

So, to reproduce this, a separate speculation has to be initiated for
the caption.  If another caption (non-option) is seen in the list, the
speculation will fail.

Furthermore, media link may nest one level.  If a MEDIA_LINK or
INTERNAL_LINK appears in the caption of the second level, the
production will completely fail.

I think that the following is a reasonable simplification: image links
may not nest (although internal links and external links may appear in
the caption of a media link), The _first_ non-option in the list is
the caption and no options may appear after the caption.  In this way,
only one speculation is required for media links, and the lexer can
handle the option list.  This behavior seems consistent with the
documentation at http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Images.

Is there any known use for putting an image inside an image caption,
or is the restriction I propose here sufficient?

Best regards,

Andreas Jonsson

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