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EPrints::Plugin::Convert - Convert EPrints::DataObj::Document into different formats


This plugin and its dependents allow EPrints to convert documents from one format into another format. Convert plugins are also used by the full-text indexer to extract plain-text from documents.

Convert plugins may provide conversions from any number of formats to any number of other formats (or not even 'formats' per-se e.g. unpacking/packing archives). A single plugin may represent a particular software package (e.g. ImageMagick) or a common goal (e.g. textifying documents for indexing).

Using the root Convert plugin it is possible to query all loaded conversion plugins for available conversions from a given EPrints::DataObj::Document.

To allow for simpler local configuration Convert plugins should use SystemSettings to store the location of external programs.


my $root = $repo->plugin( 'Convert' );
# Get the the available conversions for all plugins
my %available = $root->can_convert( $document );
# Get a conversion scheme for text/plain
my $txt_tool = $available{'text/plain'};
# Use the plugin to convert the document to text/plain
my $plugin = $txt_tool->{'plugin'};
$plugin->convert( $eprint, $document, 'text/plain' );




Create a new plugin object using OPTIONS (should only be called by EPrints::Session).


$xhtml = $plugin->render_name

Return the name of this plugin as a chunk of XHTML.


$plugin->is_visible( $level )

Returns whether this plugin is visible at level (currently 'all' or ).


%types = $p->can_convert( $doc, [$type], [%params] )

Returns a hash of types that this plugin can convert the document $doc to. The key is the type. The value is a hash ref containing:

  • plugin
The object that can do the conversion.
  • encoding
The encoding this conversion generates (e.g. 'utf-8').
  • phraseid
A unique phrase id for this conversion.
  • preference
A value between 0 and 1 representing the 'quality' or confidence in this conversion.


@filelist = $p->export( $dir, $doc, $type )

Convert $doc to $type and export it to $dir. Returns a list of file names that resulted from the conversion. The main file (if there is one) is the first file name returned. Returns empty list on failure.


$doc = $p->convert( $eprint, $doc, $type [, $epdata ] )

Convert $doc to format $type (as returned by can_convert). Stores the resulting $doc in $eprint, and returns the new document or undef on failure.

Optionally initialise the new document with $epdata. Specifying 'files' in $epdata will cause the converted file content to be discarded.


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