[pmwiki-users] Question regarding the way a page is processed

Patrick R. Michaud pmichaud at pobox.com
Tue Sep 5 07:35:17 CDT 2006

On Mon, Sep 04, 2006 at 04:35:52PM -0700, Menachem Shapiro wrote:
> B"H
> I added this information to the Page File Format page:
> http://pmwiki.org/wiki/PmWiki/PageFileFormat



> On 9/4/06, Patrick R. Michaud <pmichaud at pobox.com> wrote:
> >On Mon, Sep 04, 2006 at 03:33:32PM -0700, Menachem Shapiro wrote:
> >> I am running pmwiki-2.0.13.
> >>
> >> http://pmwiki.org/wiki/PmWiki/PageFileFormat describes a wiki page
> >> format, but does not describe how the page is parsed and displayed.
> >>
> >> Does it work by first processing the original information saved to the
> >> page, and then go through every revision until the page is displayed?
> >> [...]
> >> Is my assumption of how the page is processed correct?
> >
> >Close, but backwards. PmWiki actually stores the latest version of
> >the markup text in the file, and this is what is normally used
> >when rendering the page.  The page history keeps track of how to
> >reach earlier versions of the page from the latest one, and is
> >read only when it's needed.
> >
> >If an operation (such as viewing a page) doesn't need all of a
> >page's history, PmWiki stops reading from the file when it has
> >everything it needs.  And the files are organized such that
> >the attributes and markup appear first in the file, followed
> >by any page history (in reverse chronological sequence).
> >
> >Pm
> >

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