I'm using Birt designer in Eclipse. The application I'm fetching data from is using markdown. I have been looking for ways to create bullet lists based on the markdown *. Any ideas on how to do this?
I haven't used markdown, but the attached example shows how to turn "*" bullets into an html list. There is probably a more efficient way to write the code, but hopefully this example will get you started.
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Also, you can convert the incoming markdown text to HTML using a Java package such flexmark-java (https://github.com/vsch/flexmark-java), commonmark-java, or pegdown ( https://github.com/sirthias/pegdown).
You can perform this conversion, for example as a Computed Column, or in a text report item.
Then, with the converted HTML, you can output as is, or parse further as needed.
I've used the pegdown package in a BIRT report. You'll need to include its dependencies (asm-all-5.0.3.jar, parboiled-core-1.1.7.jar, parboiled-java-1.1.7.jar) and the main package, pegdown-1.6.0.jar as part of the report's resources.
For example, pegdown would convert the following markdown "This is *Sparta*" to "<p>This is <em>Sparta</em></p>".
I also have tried flexmark-java (latest version 0.15.0) and it works too. The JARs included needed were: flexmark-0.15.0.jar, flexmark-util-0.15.0.jar and flexmark-html-parser-0.15.0.jar (downloaded @ https://search.maven.org/#search%7Cga%7C1%7Cg%3A%22com.vladsch.flexmark%22%20).
Example code snippet:
importPackage( Packages.com.vladsch.flexmark.parser );
importPackage( Packages.com.vladsch.flexmark.html );
var parser = Parser.builder().build();
var document = parser.parse("This is *Sparta*");
var renderer = HtmlRenderer.builder().build();
var convertedText = renderer.render(document); // "<p>This is <em>Sparta</em></p>"
//I am using commercial BIRT to write out to the log file to see the output.
//var logger = java.util.logging.Logger.getLogger("birt.report.logger");
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