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Web Automation: Generating Dynamic Tables of Contents Page 3

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There are many ways to do anything- And this function is no exception. I
initially wrote an more expanded, twelve-line version that essentially did the
same thing, but decided that I should use a bit of Perl magic, and make it a
little shorter.

The Glue: the “Main” function

Extracting those three functions from the code cleans it up quite a bit
(although there is still room for another function or two). So now we have to
build a system that utilizes those functions to perform our four tasks:

  1. Obtain a list of directories
  2. For every directory, open the index.html file and extract the
    title of the page
  3. Print back the title, with a link to the page
  4. Dive into the directory, and back to Step 1

If you were wondering why I was concerned with “depth” back in
the Functions section, here’s where it will make sense. I use the depth of the
folder, to stratify where in an unordered list the item belongs (how
“deep” in the list). This give our table of contents a
more readable, and understandable feel, than just throwing out a flat list of

1: my $dir="/usr/local/apache/htdocs/";
2: my $url="";
3: my $depth=Get_Depth("$dir")+1;
4: my @dirs=Get_Dirs("$dir");
5: print "Content-Type: text/htmlnn";
6: print "Table of Contentsn";
7: print "

    8: while(@dirs) {
    9: my $currdir=shift(@dirs);
    10: my $currdepth=Get_Depth("$currdir");

: unshift(@dirs,Get_Dirs("$currdir"));
12: if($currdepth > $depth) { print "

    n"; }
    13: if($currdepth
    14: my $diff=$depth - $currdepth;
    15: print "

n" x $diff;
16: }
17: $depth=$currdepth;
18: my $path="$currdir" . "index.html";
19: unless(-e "$path") { next; }
20: my $title=Get_Title("$path");
21: $path =~ s/$dir/$url/i;
22: print "

  • $title
  • n";

    23: }
    24: print "n";

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