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quoter 0.109

A simple way to quote text

Latest Version: 1.6.6

In dealing with text, one quotes values all the time. Single quotes. Double quotes. Curly quotes. Backticks. Funny Unicode quotes. HTML or XML markup code. Et cetera.

That process of wrapping values in surrounding text is almost always ad hoc, which can be tiresome and error-prone. This module provides an alternative: A clean, consistent way to quote values.


from quoter import single, double, backticks, braces

print single('this')
print double('that')
print backticks('ls -l')
print braces('curlycue')


`ls -l`

A handful of the most common quoting styles is pre-defined:

  • braces {example}
  • brackets [example]
  • angles <example>
  • parens (example)
  • double "example"
  • single 'example'
  • backticks \`example\`
  • anglequote `
  • curlysingle
  • curlysdouble

But there are a huge number of ways you might want to wrap or quote text. Even considering just “quotation marks,” there are well over a dozen. There are also numerous bracketing symbols in common use. That’s to say nothing of the constucts seen in markup, programming, and templating languages. Therefore quoter does not attempt to provide options for every possible quoting style. In addition to pre-defining some of the more common styles, it provides a general-purpose mechanism for defining your own:

from quoter import Quoter

bars = Quoter('|')
print bars('x')

plus = Quoter('+','')
print plus('x')

para = Quoter('<p>', '</p>')
print para('this is a paragraph')

variable = Quoter('${', '}')
print variable('x')


<p>this is a paragraph</p>

Note that bars specifies just once quote symbol. If only one is given, the prefix and suffix are considered to be identical. If you really only want a prefix or a suffix, and not both, then define the Quoter with one of them as the empty string, as in plus above.

Formatting and Encoding

The Devil, as they say, is in the details. We often don’t just want quote marks wrapped around values. We also want those values set apart from the rest of the text. quoter supports this with padding and margin settings patterned on the CSS box model. In CSS, moving out from content one finds padding, a border, and then a margin. Padding can be thought of as an internal margin, and the prefix and suffix strings like the border. With that in mind:

print braces('this')                      # '{this}'
print braces('this', padding=1)           # '{ this }'
print braces('this', margin=1)            # ' {this} '
print braces('this', padding=1, margin=1) # ' { this } '

If desired, the padding and margin can be given as strings, though usually they will be integers specifying the number of spaces surrounding the text.

One can also define the encoding used for each call, per instance, or globally. If some of your quote symbox use Unicode characters, yet your output medium doesn’t support them directly, this is an easy fix. E.g.:

Quoter.encoding = 'utf-8'
print curlydouble('something something')

Will output UTF-8 bytes. But in general, this is just a convenience funciton. If you’re using Unicode glyphs, you should manage encoding at the time of input and output, not as each piece of output is constructed.

Dynamic Quoters

It is possible to define Quoters that don’t just concatenate text, but that examine it and provide dynamic rewriting on the fly. For example, in finance, one often wants to present numbers with a special formatting:

from quoter import LambdaQuoter

f = lambda v: ('(', abs(v), ')') if v < 0 else ('', v, '')
financial = LambdaQuoter(f)
print financial(-3)
print financial(45)

password = LambdaQuoter(lambda v: ('', 'x' * len(v), ''))
print password('secret!')



The trick is giving the LambdaQuoter a lambda expression that accepts one value and returns a tuple of three values: the quote prefix, the value (possibly rewritten), and the suffix.

Alternate API

It may be that you don’t want a separate quote function for every style possible. In that case, registered styles can all be accessed through a single function:

from quoter import quote

print quote('tag', 'anglebrackets')



A style is ‘registered’ when it’s created if it’s given a name. For example, to register the template variable style above, we’d use:

variable = Quoter('${', '}', name='variable')
print quote('myvar', style='variable')

Extended X/HTML Usage

There is an extended quoting mode designed for HTML construction. Instead of prefix and suffix strings, it takes tag names. Or more accurately, tag specifications. Like jQuery it supports id and class attributes in a style similar to that of CSS selectors. It also understands that some elements are ‘void’, meaning they do not want or need closing tags.:

from quoter import HTMLQuoter

para = HTMLQuoter('p')
print para('this is great!', {'class':'emphatic'})
print para('this is great!', '.emphatic')

para_e = HTMLQuoter('p.emphatic')
print para_e('this is great!')
print para_e('this is great?', '.question')

br = HTMLQuoter('br', void=True)
print br()

HTMLQuoter basically works, but buyer beware: It’s not as well tested as the rest of the module.


pip install quoter

(You may need to prefix this with “sudo ” to authorize installation.)

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