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mdast-excerpt

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mdast-excerpt

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mdast-excerpt allows you to get an excerpt from a markdown post. The code is "borrowed" from gatsby-transformer-remark, which makes it possible to use excerpt generation in other contexts outside of GatsbyJS. If you want to know how the result looks like, check Using Excerpts at GatsbyJS.

Input is a full markdown AST, output a pruned AST with the desired excerpt length and intact markup.

This plugin becomes useful if the excerpt would stop in the middle of marked up text:

This is a **bold text** -> This is a **bold te...

when truncated by string length. With mdast-excerpt, then markup is truncated correctly:

This is a **bold text** -> This is a bold te...

My personal favourite is using mdast-excerpt in combination with react-markdown (see futher below for usage).

Install

npm install mdast-excerpt

Use

const remark = require("remark")
const html = require("remark-html")
const excerptAst = require("mdast-excerpt")
 
// fake the plugin
const asExcerpt = options => node => excerptAst(node, options || {})
 
const input = "abc abc **def ghi**"
remark()
  .use(asExcerpt, { omission: " Read More", pruneLength: 14 })
  .use(html)
  .processSync(input)

Usage with react-markdown

You can use the astPlugins prop to supply the excerptAst transformer:

import React from "react"
import ReactDOM from "react-dom"
 
import ReactMarkdown from "react-markdown"
import excerptAst from "mdast-excerpt"
 
const MarkdownExcerpt = ({ source, pruneLength = 14 }) => (
  <ReactMarkdown
    source={source}
    astPlugins={[ast => excerptAst(ast, { pruneLength })]}
  />
)
 
const App = () => {
  const input = "abc abc **def ghi**"
  return <MarkdownExcerpt source={input} pruneLength={13} />
}
 
React.ReactDOM.render(<App />, document.getElementById("root"))

API

You can call excerptAst as follows:

excerptAst(tree, { pruneLength: 1, truncate: false, omission:})

The options are

  • pruneLength: max length of the excerpt (default 140)
  • truncate: truncate on exact length (true) or stop at whole words (default false)
  • excerptSeparator: supply an excerpt separator that is used to detect the excerpt. A common choice would be <!-- end -->. If the separator is not found, excerptAst falls back to pruneLength (default undefined).
  • omission: the omission text to add after the excerpt (default )

Install

npm i mdast-excerpt

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