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HTML Tools

Helper tools for working with HTML strings in javascript. It is not a DOM manipulation library. It is meant to be used as a helper utility within templates to make them more readable and faster to code.

Installation

For use with Node.js, you can simply install it with NPM:

npm install htmltools

For using within browser, you can include htmltools in your AMD project as dependency:

define(['htmltools'], function(html) {

});

You can also simply include it as a <script> tag:

<script src="js/htmltools.js"></script>

Basic usage

Currently, HTML tools have only one type of functionality, and that's eclosing strings in HTML tags. This works only for strings that have a closing tag.

Here's an example using the <strong> tag:

var html = require('htmltools');
var s = 'my string';
html.strong(s);
// returns: '<strong>my strong</strong>'

You can also add attributes by specifying them as attribute-value pairs:

html.a(s, {href: "http://example.com/"});
// returns: '<a href="http://example.com/">my string</a>'

If you do not want to have html appear throughout your code, you can overload the String.prototype and call the html methods as String methods:

html.overloadPrototype(); // call once in your main script
s.a({href: "http://example.com/"});
// returns: '<a href="http://example.com/">my string</a>'

Usage notes

HTML tools are very generic. They do not perform any escaping or validation. You can add any attribute to any HTML element, legal or illegal, and you can also mess attributes up by inserting a space in attribute names or by inserting double quotes in attribute values. These issues will be addressed in future versions, but for now, HTML tools will rely on good behavior of developers.

Supported tags

HTML tools uses the enclose() method to enlose strings in any tag. For convenience, though, several HTML tags have shortcut methods. Those are:

  • p
  • a
  • strong (with 'b' alias)
  • em (with 'i' alias)
  • button
  • code
  • pre
  • blockquote
  • div
  • li
  • dd
  • dt
  • td
  • th
  • tr
  • h1
  • h2
  • h3
  • h4
  • h5
  • h6
  • tt

If you need any other tags, you can use the enclose() method like this:

html.enclose(s, 'mytag');
// returns: '<mytag>my string</mytag>'

Supported platforms

HTML tools should run fine on Node.js, AMD-compliant workflows (Require.js), and in most browsers as window.html global.

Bugs and feature requests

Please use our GitHub issue tracker to report issues and request new features.

License

Released under MIT license.

Copyright (c)2012, by Monwara LLC. All rights reserved.

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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