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From Rich Bowen <>
Subject Re: mod_substitute docs
Date Mon, 11 Feb 2008 15:15:03 GMT

On Oct 22, 2007, at 14:07, Jim Jagielski wrote:

>> I'm a little concerned if the module ships /without/ the 'f'latten  
>> flag
>> triggered by default.  I'd rather the module offered the inverse  
>> option.
>> This is truly a 'bug' users won't understand (my text contains  
>> 'jimfoojag',
>> why isn't it translating to 'jimbarjag'?!?)
> It would... it's only an issue really if there are subsequent
> substitutions *and* a previous substitution would result in
> a string that would also be affected by a latter one.

Sorry to dredge up an ancient thread, but I'm finally using  
mod_substitute in production, and I'm finding this to be much more  
complex than the contrived example.

Are there cases in which it might just happen to work without  
flattening? And, if so, is it possible that it will work sometimes  
and not other times, or is it going to be completely consistent from  
one pass to the next?

I've gotten some answers to these on IRC, so it may be that the light  
is beginning to dawn.

The actual example that I'm using is here : 
Slightly more complex than just s/foo/bar/

The background is probably too stupid to go into - using TinyMCE to  
edit content, and IE7 unwilling to honor align="left" in certain  

Rich Bowen

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