New to list, question about html formatting with Ruby using RedCloth

Hi all,

I am trying to figure out a way to not chop off my text mid-word using
truncate() and redcloth.

article_html is formatted with RedCloth
<%= truncate(post.article_html, 80) %>

I have a db table named Articles with (along with others) 2 columns
"article_text" and "article_html"
article_html get's populated by using a simple method with redcloth in the

def before_save
self.article_html =

There are 2 views, index.rhtml and show.rhtml.

I call article_html
the main index view, I want to truncate article_html to only display the
first paragraph <p> blah .. </p>
and then of course the link to "show" will display the full article.

I've done stuff similar using textile with python, but I want to know the
"Ruby Way" to do this.

I figure this is pretty basic that you can give me an example with out me
pasting code, but if you need let me know and I will post it.