SoC Ideas WML Debugging
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SoC Ideas: WML Debugging Support
Wesnoth Markup Language (WML) is used to create most kinds of Wesnoth content: campaigns, scenarios, and so forth. WML is a fairly powerful language, but its debugging features often make it difficult to debug. Incorrect WML typically results in cryptic error messages or unusual and difficult to understand misbehavior.
There are several possible steps in improving WML:
- ensuring that any WML error results in an accurate line number for the error being displayed. This will require modifying the WML pre-processing system to properly map all expanded macros to their original lines. - improving the quality of error messages: trying to map unterminated strings and tags back to their starting positions. - schema system: a WML schema system would be developed which would enable WML documents to be validated to make sure they have correct attribute names with values that are formatted correctly.