# Voxpop

Voxpop generates text from declarative grammars.

It is roughly a version of [Calyx]( ported to Elixir.

## Installation

If [available in Hex](, the package can be installed as:

  1. Add voxpop to your list of dependencies in `mix.exs`:

        def deps do
          [{:voxpop, "~> 0.0.2"}]

## Usage

The API is still currently in flux while I work some things out, but in the general
case, you do things like this:

iex> Voxpop.generate %Voxpop.Grammar.Definition{start: "Hello {greeting}!", rules: %{greeting: "world"}}
"Hello World"

Your rules can have multiple options which will be randomly chosen:

%Voxpop.Grammar.Definition{start: "Hello {group}!", rules: %{group: ["comrades", "folks", "friends"]}}

There is also a DSL, if you'd prefer to define your grammar as part of a module:

defmodule MyGrammar do
  use Voxpop.Grammar

  start "{greeting} {group}!"
  rule :greeting, "Hello"
  rule :group, "World"


You can also evaluate using a run-time defined start rule:

MyGrammar.evaluate("{group}, {greeting}!")

## Plans
The plan is to make Voxpop powerful enough that it can generate text for
sophisticated applications like chat user interfaces. That is going to take a
few steps:

 - [ ] [Weighted Choices][weighted]
 - [ ] [Dynamic generation with generation-time context][dynamic generation]
 - [ ] [Per-generation repetition avoidance in choices][repetition avoidance]
 - [ ] [Loading grammars from JSON or other format][load grammars]
 - [ ] Visualising evaluated AST
 - [ ] OTP application to reduce the requirement to rebuild grammars loaded at runtime

 [dynamic generation]:
 [repetition avoidance]:
 [load grammars]: