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 16th March 2018 at 4:27pm


Introduced in v5.1.16 The diff text widget analyses the differences between a pair of source and destination text strings and displays the results as highlighted insertions and deletions (similar to the "track changes" function of a word processor). For example:

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Hey Jude, don't make it bad. Take a sad song and make it better. Remember tobe afraid. You were made to go out and get her. The minute you let her intounder your heart↩︎
skin. Then you can startbegin to make it better.

Content and Attributes


The content of the <$diff-text> widget is rendered immediately before the diffs. Within it, the variable diff-count is available, containing the number of differences found. If the widget has no content then it automatically transcludes the tiddler $:/language/Diffs/CountMessage.

In other words, these three invocations are all equivalent:

<$diff-text source={{FirstTiddler}} dest={{SecondTiddler}}>

<$diff-text source={{FirstTiddler}} dest={{SecondTiddler}}>

<$diff-text source={{FirstTiddler}} dest={{SecondTiddler}}/>


sourceThe source text
destThe destination text
cleanupSee below

The cleanup attribute determines which optional post-processing should be applied to the diffs:

  • none: no cleanup is performed
  • semantic (default): rewrites the diffs for human readability
  • efficient: rewrites the diffs to minimise the number of operations for subsequent processing

(Note that in many cases the results will be the same regardless of the cleanup option. See the docs of the underlying library for more details).


In this example we compare two texts:

<$edit-text tiddler="SampleTiddlerFirst"/>

<$edit-text tiddler="SampleTiddlerSecond"/>

<$diff-text source={{SampleTiddlerFirst}} dest={{SampleTiddlerSecond}}/>

That renders as:

4 differences
This is a test tiddler is called SampleTiddlerFirstSecond.