15.2.156. camcops_server.cc_modules.cc_string


Copyright (C) 2012, University of Cambridge, Department of Psychiatry. Created by Rudolf Cardinal (rnc1001@cam.ac.uk).

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Manage the “extra strings” that the server reads from XML files. The server uses these for displaying tasks, and provides them to client devices.

class camcops_server.cc_modules.cc_string.AS[source]

List of appstrings present in camcops.xml.

Should match appstrings.cpp in the client, and of course camcops.xml itself.

camcops_server.cc_modules.cc_string.all_extra_strings_as_dicts(config_filename: str) Dict[str, Dict[str, Dict[str, str]]][source]

Returns strings from the all the extra XML string files.

The result is cached (via a proper cache).


config_filename – a CamCOPS config filename

Returns: a dictionary like

    "task1": {
        "stringname1": {
            "en-GB": "a string in British English",
            "da-DK": "a string in Danish",
        "stringname2": {
    "task2": {

… in other words a Dict[taskname: str, Dict[stringname: str, Dict[locale: str, stringvalue: str]]]. For example,

result["phq9"]["q5"][locale] == "5. Poor appetite or overeating"

There is also a top-level dictionary with the key APPSTRING_TASKNAME.

XML format

The extra string files should look like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <task name="TASK_1" locale="en_GB">
        <string name="NAME_1">VALUE</string>
        <string name="NAME_2">VALUE WITH\nNEWLINE</string>
        <!-- ... -->
    <!-- ... -->

If the locale attribute is not specified, a locale (language) tag of "" is used internally, and will be the fallback position if nothing else is found.

camcops_server.cc_modules.cc_string.text_contents(e: xml.etree.ElementTree.Element, plain: bool = False, strip: bool = True) str[source]

Extract the exact text contents of an XML element, including any XML/HTML tags within it.

A normal string looks like

<string name="stringname">words words words</string>

and we extract its contents (“words words words”) with


However, for this:

<string name="stringname">words <b>bold words</b> words</string>

we want to extract words <b>bold words</b> words and that”s a little trickier. This function does that.

  • e – the Element to read

  • plain – remove all HTML/XML tags?

  • strip – strip leading/trailing whitespace?


the text contents of the element