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Microbloggable.py
# microbloggable.py
# breaks a story up into notices or tweets
# By Matt Katz: http://www.morelightmorelight.com
# this code is public domain but please
# say hi: http://identi.ca/mattkatz
# open a file
text_in = 'c:/last-beautiful.txt'
output = 'c:/twitterable.txt'
def process_story(file_in, file_out):
fout = open(file_out, 'w')
fin = open(file_in, 'r')
fout.write("Notices|Length\n")
# here is where the action begins
for line in fin:
if line[0]=="#":
#let's skip those ### lines, even though they are nice
continue
while(len(line) > 1):
end_of_notice = find_notice(line,fout)
if end_of_notice <= 0:
break
line=line[end_of_notice+1:]
fout.close()
fin.close()
def min_unless_neg(a,b):
if a <0:
return b
if b <0:
return a
return min(a,b)
def indices(text, list, reverse=False):
if reverse :
retlist = map(text.rfind,list)
else:
retlist = map(text.find, list)
return retlist
def find_notice(line, fout):
#count forward till you hit 140 characters, then back to a ! ? or .
notice = line[:140]
ends = ['!','?','.']
end_of_notice = max(indices(notice, ends, reverse=True))
# if we didn't find a sentence in there, we should just grab the first one we've got
if (end_of_notice < 0 ):
end_of_notice = reduce( min_unless_neg, indices(notice,ends))
notice = line[:end_of_notice + 1 ]
fout.write("%s|%d\n"%(notice,len(notice)))
return end_of_notice
process_story(text_in,output)
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