# Thursday, October 8, 2015¶

Today I did #522 in only one hour…

…except that I got stuck on a stupid detail for another couple of hours. In CommentsByController.get_slave_summary I now generate an overview of all comments. Since this includes also chunks of HTML text, I should theoretically use E.raw to convert these to elements. Which causes problems if they contain HTML entities. Here is a snippet which shows my problem:

>>> from xml.etree import ElementTree as ET
>>> s = """<p>&otilde;&auml;.</p>"""
>>> from lino.utils.xmlgen import etree
>>> ET.fromstring(s)
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
ParseError: undefined entity: line 1, column 3


The above was understandable: I must configure a parser who knows the HTML entities:

>>> import htmlentitydefs
>>> p = ET.XMLParser()
>>> p.entity.update(htmlentitydefs.entitydefs)
>>> p.entity['otilde']
'\xf5'


And then invoke fromstring() with that parser:

>>> ET.fromstring(s, parser=p)


The problem is that even this gives the same error message. Python 2.7.6.

After quite some fiddling I finally decided to give up and to generate a plain string instead of using ElementTree.

Which raises the question: wouldn’t it be even better to use Jinja and a template for generating the summary?

Note that I also discovered bleach thanks to this thread. I didn’t add bleach to the install_requires in setup_info.py because it is only used by lino.modlib.comments and because it also works without bleach (except that we don’t remove the <p> tag then). I remove the <p> tag because I suggest the convention to never write more than one paragraph in the short_text field.

The public interface (lino_noi.projects.bs3) now also renders comments.

I plan to upgrade Lino Noi on our bug database tomorrow morning so that we will test the comments system on the field.