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plugin Start a paragraph with two exclamation marks, and it generates a <div class="important" /> around it.

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Similar to importanttext, wrap

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  • Starts with !! at the begin of a paragraph.
  • Ends with a single newline.
  • May be continued, if there are two spaces before the newline.
  • A class name can optionally be given:
    • Default class name is important.
    • Class name is between the !! and an optional |.
    • Class name must be all lower case ASCII characters.


The following:

!!This is the simplest use.

Is converted to HTML as:

<div class="important"><div>This is the simplest use.</div></div>

The following (spaces are written as ·, because they are not visible otherwise):

!!classname|This is a paragraph, up to the newline··
    * This is a list item inside the important··
    * Please note the two spaces at the end of these lines··
  This is another paragraph inside the same <div class="important" />
!!marker|This is a new paragraph outside with class name "marker".

is converted to HTML as:

<div class="classname">
    This is a paragraph, up to the newline
      <li>This is a list item inside the important</li>
      <li>Please note the two spaces at the end of these lines</li>
    This is another paragraph inside the same &lt;div class="important" /&gt;
<div class="marker">
    This is a new paragraph outside with class name "marker".


Optional CSS Definition

For the look and feel, optionally add the following code to your template's design.css file (if the name of your template is default, then it is in lib/tpl/default/design.css, also copy it to lib/tpl/default/print.css for the printing):

.important {
  background-color: __light__;
  border: 1px solid __dark__;
div.important {
  margin: 0.75em 0 1em 0;
  padding: 0.2em;
div.important div {
  margin: 0;
div.important > div + div {
  margin: 0.5em 0 0 0;
.important > .important {
  background-color: __dark__;
  border: 1px solid __black__;
div.marker {
  border-left: 1em solid yellow;

The “marker” class in the last section marks a text like marked with a yellow text-marker, if you write:

!!marker|This paragraph is like marked with a yellow text-marker.

The Template's PHP Code

To install the functionality, copy the following code into a new file named lib/plugins/important_paragraf/syntax.php:

    if(!defined('DOKU_INC')) define('DOKU_INC',realpath(dirname(__FILE__).'/../../').'/');
if(!defined('DOKU_PLUGIN')) define('DOKU_PLUGIN',DOKU_INC.'lib/plugins/');
/** Important Paragraf - Mark a paragraph with a class.
    Marks important paragraphs or sentences:
    An important paragraph starts with !!
    It is marked with &lt;div class="important" /&gt;
    A class name can be given in lower case ASCII between the !! and
    an optional |
    If you continue with a new paragraph that should still be
    important, end the line above with two spaces.
    It must be evaluated before the dl plugin.
    License: GPL
class syntax_plugin_important_paragraf extends DokuWiki_Syntax_Plugin {
  function getInfo() {
    return array('author' => 'Marc Wäckerlin',
                 'email'  => 'marc [at] waeckerlin [dot-org]',
                 'name'   => 'Important Paragraf',
                 'desc'   => 'mark paragrafs as !!importtant',
                 'url'    => '');
  function getType() {
    return 'container';
  function getSort() {
    return 2;
  function accepts($mode) {
    if (!count($this->allowedModes)) {
      global $PARSER_MODES;
      $this->allowedModes = array_merge($PARSER_MODES['container'],
    return parent::accepts($mode);
  function connectTo($mode) {
    $this->Lexer->addEntryPattern('^ *\!\![a-z]+\|', $mode,
    $this->Lexer->addEntryPattern('^ *\!\!', $mode,
  function postConnect() {
    $this->Lexer->addPattern(' (?= \n)',
    $this->Lexer->addExitPattern('(?<! )\n',
  function handle($match, $state, $pos, &$handler) {
    return array($match, $state);
  function render($format, &$renderer, $data) {
    list($match, $state) = $data;
    switch ($state) {
      case DOKU_LEXER_ENTER: {
        if (strlen($match)>3)
          $class=substr($match, 2, strlen($match)-3);
        $renderer->doc .= '<div class="'.$class.'"><div>';
      } return true;
      case DOKU_LEXER_EXIT: {
        $renderer->doc .= '</div></div>';
      } return true;
      case DOKU_LEXER_MATCHED: {
        $renderer->doc .= '</div><div>';
        return true;
        $renderer->doc .= htmlspecialchars($match);
      } return true;
    return false;

Known Bugs

plugin management error?

2006-05-14: I think, it doesn't work in the newest DokuWiki - Plugin Management says: This plugin returned no information, it may be invalid.

Seems to work for me. – Wonko

How about an example on this page, so we don't have to download and install it to see what it looks like?

Why don't you offer a package for quick installation? – Philipp

I might host one on my github or bitbucket account, if it's a feature that is really wanted, and Marc is OK with it… – xav0989


  • 2006-01-20 mrw
    • initial release
plugin/important_paragraf.txt · Last modified: 2015-06-24 23:54 by Klap-in

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