Slimmer provides rack middleware for applying a standard header and footer around pages returned by a ruby (rack) application.
It does this by taking the page rendered by the application, extracting the contents of a div with id 'wrapper' and inserting that into one of its templates. It also transfers various other details, such as meta, script, and style tags.
Use in a Rails app
Slimmer provides a Railtie so no configuration is necessary. By default it will use the Plek gem to look for the 'assets' host for the current environment.
If you want to use your own set of templates you will need to specify the appropriate host eg.
YourApp::Application.configure do config.slimmer.asset_host = 'http://your.server.somewhere' end
it expects to find templates in a folder called 'templates' on that host.
Slimmer will work as standard rack middleware:
use Slimmer::App, :asset_host => "http://my.alternative.host"
Specifying a template
A specific template can be requested by giving its name in the X-Slimmer-Template HTTP header
eg in a rails app
class MyController < ApplicationController def index headers['X-Slimmer-Template'] = 'homepage' end end
There's also a macro style method:
class YourController < ApplicationController slimmer_template :admin end
To get this, include Slimmer::Template in your controller:
class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base include Slimmer::Template end
Slimmer was extracted from a much larger project called 'skinner'. 'slimmer' referred to the size of its code compared to skinner (which also acted as an HTTP proxy and mixed in a few other concerns). Over time the codebase has grown a little, but the name stuck.