A JQuery plugin to ease the use of Mustache templates
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A JQuery plugin to ease the use of Mustache templates


jquery.mustache let you write your Mustache templates in plain text files and then combine them in one JS file (a jQuery plugin) making it easy to render your templates.


The template "banner" in the file "banner.ms":

## This is a comment line and will be ignored
<div class="banner">
  Welcome to my site {{user}}!
  <ul class="menu">
    <li><a href="#page1">Page1</a></li>
    <li><a href="#page2">Page2</a></li>

The template "page1" in the file "page1.ms":

<div class="page">
  <p>_("This is a i18n text of the page 1")</p>

The template "page2" in the file "page2.ms":

<div class="page">
  <p>_("This is a i18n text of the page 2")</p>

How you can render these templates in your JS code:

$('body').renders('page1', {
  user: "Chuck Norris"

You don't have to specify your partials, you can use whatever template name you have written (here "banner").

How it works

jquery.mustache features a python script which you run once you have written or updated your templates files. This script generates one or more files named as template_en.js (for english version here) plus generate/update i18n (po/mo) files using xgettext / msgfmt.

You include the generated file in your page as a regular js file, and then you can use the "renders" function on jQuery elements!

The generated file looks like:

;(function($) {
  var TEMPLATES = {"banner": "<div class=\"banner\">...</div>", "page1": "...", "page2": "..."};
  $.fn.renders = function(template_name, data) {
    var template = TEMPLATES[template_name];
    if(!template) throw new Error('Undefined template: ' + template_name);
    return $(this).html(Mustache.to_html(template, data || {}, TEMPLATES));

You can see a working example in the example directory.


The python script generating the templates files (one file for each language) accepts several arguments, which let you specify:

  • where are your template files located;
  • for which languages you want to generate the templates (i18n);
  • if you want to skip the creation/update of po and mo files (the po files need to exist for the templates files to be created).
  • where to put the generated files.

The help:

$ python ../src/generate_templates.py -h
Usage: generate_templates.py [options]

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -d DIR, --msdir=DIR   Generate templates files from templates in given DIR
  -l LANGUAGES, --languages=LANGUAGES
                        Specify the languages you want. Ex: en,fr,de
  -s, --skipi18n        Skip po/mo files update/creation process. For this to
                        work, you need to have the po files of the requested
                        languages (even if empty)
  -o DIR, --output=DIR  Path to the directory where to put generated files.


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/agpl-3.0.html