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outdent Plugin

Compatible with DokuWiki


plugin Backout of section indenting (without using an empty header)

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This extension has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues.

Similar to wrap

Tagged with headings, section

This plugin extends DokuWiki syntax to enable the removal of one level of section indenting.

In native DokuWiki, all the content between headings is included in a section. The indentation for a particular section corresponds to the heading it follows. DokuWiki doesn't provide a way to finish a section and move back to the indentation level of the previous section - at least not without using another heading. This plugin makes that possible.


==level 1 section content
  level 2 section content
    level 3 section content
  level 2 section content
level 1 section content



The two equals signs must be on their own line.

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Plugin sources: zip format (2k), tar.gz format (1k), darcs repository


The plugin has no configuration settings.


The plugin consists one file, the plugin script syntax.php.


 * Plugin Outdent: Removes one level of indenting.
 * @license    GPL 2 (
 * @author     Christopher Smith <>
if(!defined('DOKU_INC')) define('DOKU_INC',realpath(dirname(__FILE__).'/../../').'/');
if(!defined('DOKU_PLUGIN')) define('DOKU_PLUGIN',DOKU_INC.'lib/plugins/');
 * All DokuWiki plugins to extend the parser/rendering mechanism
 * need to inherit from this class
class syntax_plugin_outdent extends DokuWiki_Syntax_Plugin {
    function getInfo(){
      return array(
        'author' => 'Christopher Smith',
        'email'  => '',
        'date'   => '2008-08-13',
        'name'   => 'Outdent Plugin',
        'desc'   => 'Remove one level of indenting
                     Syntax: ==',
        'url'    => '',
    function getType() { return 'baseonly'; }
    function getSort() { return 50; }                       /* same as header */
    function connectTo($mode) {
        $this->Lexer->addSpecialPattern('\n[ \t]*==[ \t]*(?=\n)',$mode,'plugin_outdent');
    function handle($match, $state, $pos, &$handler){
      if ($state == DOKU_LEXER_SPECIAL) {
        $level = $this->_getLevel($handler->calls);
        if ($level > 1) {
            $handler->_addCall('section_close', array(), $pos);
            $handler->_addCall('section_open', array($level-1), $pos);
      return false;
    function render($mode, &$renderer, $data) {
      return false;
    function _getLevel(&$calls) {
      for ($i=count($calls); $i >= 0; $i--) {
          if ($calls[$i][0] == 'header') return $calls[$i][1][1];
        if ($calls[$i][0] == 'section_open') return $calls[$i][1][0];
      return 0;

Revision History

  • 2008-08-13 — Plugin URL updated.
  • 2005-09-30 — Released.

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Great plugin. Very helpful for working around the quirks of the ifauth plugin. Thanks! ~SherriW

Ah, interesting plugin!

I was looking for something like this, but didn't know how to search for it. I think that it would sense to make a notation on sectioning, but since it's an optional plug-in, it probably clutters the documentation more than the average user would worry about. The naming is of the plug-in is also a bit mystical, because I usually think of “outdenting” as a hanging indent (e.g. instead of the having the first line pushed to the right by a half-inch, it either means the first line is pushed to the left by a half-inch, or the first line is left in place and all subsequent links are pushed to the right by a half-inch). A better description would probably be “unsectioning” or “unheading”. (I guess since I've entered those terms, now, this plug-in has to potential to be better found in searches!) - David Ing, 2006/01/30

Could your plugin be modified to create section break without changing the level, indentation or anything else, just section break. I need this thing badly. Unfortunately I myself is a dummy in programming. — az 2007-03-24 23:20

plugin/outdent.txt · Last modified: 2023-10-30 22:42 by Klap-in

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