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#Canteen HTML5

Create dynamic, well-formatted HTML5 markup with a simple an intuitive PHP API. This is a fork/rewrite of the Gagawa project. CanteenHTML5 is a concise, flexible and easy to remember API which makes it possible to create simple markup (such as a link) or more complex structures (such a table, document or nested list). All tags and attribute names are validated against the current HTML5 specification.

For documentation of the codebase, please see Canteen HTML5 docs.


This library requires a webserver running PHP 5.3+. Also, the root namespace for the library is Canteen\HTML5.


Install is available using Composer.

composer require canteen/html5 dev-master

Including using the Composer autoloader.

require 'vendor/autoload.php';


###Basic To create an HTML node, simply call global html method, passing in the tag name and then any attributes.

// Enable the global use of html()

// Turn on autoloading if not using composer's autoloading

echo html('img src=home.jpg');
echo html('img', 'src=home.jpg'); 
echo html('img', array('src'=>'home.jpg')); 

All of these examples would output:

<img src="home.jpg" />

###Adding Attributes

There are dfferent ways to add attributes for HTML container nodes such as <p>, <div>, or in the example below, <nav>.

  1. Part of the tag

    echo html('nav title="Navigation" class=main', 'Welcome');
  2. As an associative array

    echo html('nav', 'Welcome', array('title'=>'Navigation', 'class'=>'main'));
  3. As a shorthand string

    echo html('nav', 'Welcome', 'title="Navigation" class=main');
  4. As an property methods

$nav = html('nav', 'Welcome');
$nav->class = 'main';
$nav->title = 'Navigation';
echo $nav;

All of these examples output the same markup:

<nav title="Navigation" class="main">Welcome</nav>

###Adding Nested Elements

Any HTML5 container tags (such as <p>, <span>, or <div>) can have child elements. These elements can be strings or other HTML5 element objects.

$label = html('span', 'Website!');
$link = html('a', $label);
$link->href = '';
echo $link; 

Alternatively, use the addChild method for any container tag.

$link = html('a');
$link->href = '';
$link->addChild(html('span', 'Website!'));
echo $link;

Or appendTo to target a container to be added to:

$link = html('a');
$link->href = '';
html('span', 'Website!')->appendTo($link);
echo $link;

All examples would output:

<a href=""><span>Website!</span></a> 

###CSS Selectors

Tag names can optionally have CSS-style class and id selectors:

echo html('a#example'); //<a id="example"></a>
echo html('span.small'); //<span class="small"></span>
echo html('span.small.label'); //<span class="small label"></span>
echo html('span#example.small.label'); //<span id="example" class="small label"></span>

##API Documentation

####For self-closing elements (e.g. <br>, <img>)

html($tag, $attributes=null);
  • $tag {string} The name of the valid HTML5 element which can contain CSS selectors or short-hand attribute string.
  • $attributes {array | string} (optional) Collection of element attributes

Returns a Canteen\HTML5\Node object.

####Node Methods

  • setAttribute($name, $value) Set an attribute by name and value.
  • setAttributes($values) Set an associative array of name/value pairs.
  • setData($name, $value) Set data-* fields on the HTML5 element.
  • getData($name) Get the data-* field on the HTML5 element.
  • appendTo(NodeContainer $container) Add the element to the end of a container element.
  • prependTo(NodeContainer $container) Add the element to the beginning of a container element.

####For container HTML elements (e.g. <p>, <div>)

html($tag, $contents=null, $attributes=null);
  • $tag {string} The name of the valid HTML5 element which can contain CSS selectors or short-hand attribute string.
  • $contents {string | Node | NodeContainer} (optional) The string of the contents of the tag, or another element created by html()
  • $attributes {array | string} (optional) Collection of element attributes

Returns a Canteen\HTML5\NodeContainer object.

####NodeContainer Methods (extends Node)

  • addChild($node) Add a Node object to the bottom of the collection of nodes
  • addChildAt($node, $index) Add a Node object at a specific zero-based index
  • removeChild($node) Remove a particular node from the container
  • removeChildAt($index) Remove a node by zero-based index
  • removeChildren() Remove all children from the container
  • getChildren() Get the collection of all Node objects
  • getChildAt($index) Get a Node object at a specific index

###Additional Components


The Document object is used for creating a bare-bones HTML5 document.

Canteen\HTML5\Document($title='', $charset='utf-8', $beautify=false);
  • $title {string} (optional) The title of the document
  • $charset {string} (optional) The HTML character set to use
  • $beautify {boolean} (optional) If the output should be an indented work of art.


  • head {NodeContainer} The document's <head> element
  • body {NodeContainer} The document's <body> element
  • title {NodeContainer} The document's <title> element
	use Canteen\HTML5\Document;
	$doc = new Document('Untitled');
    $doc->head->addChild(html('script src=main.js'));
    echo $doc;


The SimpleList for conveniently creating <ul> and <ol> elements.

Canteen\HTML5\SimpleList($elements, $attributes=null, $type="ul");
  • $elements {array} The collection of strings or other HTML elements
  • $attributes {array | string} (optional) Collection of element attributes
  • $type {string} (optional) A value of either "ul" or "ol"


The Table object is used for creating <table> elements.

Canteen\HTML5\Table($data, $headers=null, $checkbox=null);
  • $data {array} The collection of associative-arrays with key/value pairs
  • $headers {array} (optional) The names of the header labels
  • $checkbox {string} (optional) The name of the key name in the data to replace with a checkbox, for instance "id"
// Create a sample table with some rows of dummy data
$table = new Table(
        array('id'=>1, 'first'=>'James', 'last'=>'Smith'),
        array('id'=>2, 'first'=>'Mary', 'last'=>'Denver'),
        array('id'=>3, 'first'=>'Charlie', 'last'=>'Rose')
    array('ID', 'First Name', 'Last Name')

###Rebuild Documentation

This library is auto-documented using YUIDoc. To install YUIDoc, run sudo npm install yuidocjs. Also, this requires the project CanteenTheme be checked-out along-side this repository. To rebuild the docs, run the ant task from the command-line.

ant docs


Copyright (c) 2013 Matt Karl

Released under the MIT License.


Create dynamic, valid HTML5 markup with a simple an intuitive PHP API




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