Idea for a Movable Type plugin

I want to let people in comments refer to other comments, and then have the plug-in auto-link to those comments. The idea would be to let people say:

In comment16, Rick said…

The plug-in would look for strings that say “commentxxx” where xxx is the number assigned to the comment, and then auto-link the string to the permalink for the comment. End result? A way of linking related comments without actually threading the discussion.

I can assign permalinks to comments. I don’t know how to parse text and modify the resulting HTML… Anyone care to lend a hand?

2 responses to “Idea for a Movable Type plugin”

  1. This sounds like it could be another useful application of Brad's KeyValues plugin. Though, something would have to be worked up to link to the comment itself. I could probably whip up something similar to my Entry plugin.

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