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Laravel Tag Helpers

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This package allows you to register custom "tag helpers" in your Laravel application. These helpers can modify the HTML code.

For example, instead of this:

<form method="post">
    <input type="hidden" name="_method" value="DELETE">
    <input type="hidden" name="_token" value="csrf-token">    
</form>

You can use custom tag helpers to turn this code into this:

<form csrf method="delete">

</form> 

Installation

You can install the package via composer:

composer require beyondcode/laravel-tag-helper

The package will automatically register itself.

Usage

You can create your own Tag Helper, by creating a new class and extend from the BeyondCode\TagHelper\Helper class. Within this class you can define on which HTML elements and attributes your helper should be triggered:

<?php

namespace BeyondCode\TagHelper\Helpers;

use BeyondCode\TagHelper\Helper;
use BeyondCode\TagHelper\Html\HtmlElement;

class CustomTagHelper extends Helper
{
    protected $targetAttribute = 'custom';

    protected $targetElement = 'div';

    public function process(HtmlElement $element)
    {
        // Manipulate the DOM element
    }
}

To use and apply this tag helper, you need to register it. Typically you would do this in the AppServiceProvider boot() method or a service provider of your own.

TagHelper::helper(CustomTagHelper::class);

Since you only register the class name of the custom tag helper, you can use dependency injection inside of your custom helper class.

Binding your helper to HTML elements and attributes

In your custom tag helper, you can use the $targetAttribute and $targetElement properties to specify which HTML element (div, form, a, etc.) and which attributes (<div custom="value />, <form method="post">, etc.) you want to bind this helper to.

If you do not provide a targetElement on your own, this package will use a * as a wildcard in order to target all elements with a specific attribute, like this:

class CustomTagHelper extends Helper
{
    protected $targetAttribute = 'my-attribute';
    
    // ...
    
}

This tag helper would be called for every HTML element that has a my-attribute attribute.

Manipulating DOM Elements

Once your tag helper successfully matches one or multiple HTML elements, the process method of your tag helper will be called.

Inside of this method, you can manipulate the HTML element.

Available features:

Changing the HTML element tag

In this example, we are binding our helper to HTML elements <my-custom-link href="/"></my-custom-link>. In the process method, we can then change the tag internally to a to render this as a link.

<?php

namespace BeyondCode\TagHelper\Helpers;

use BeyondCode\TagHelper\Helper;
use BeyondCode\TagHelper\Html\HtmlElement;

class CustomLink extends Helper
{
    protected $targetElement = 'my-custom-link';

    public function process(HtmlElement $element)
    {
        $element->setTag('a');
    }
}

Manipulating Attributes

You can also add, edit or delete HTML element attributes.

In this example, we are binding our helper to all link tags that have a custom route attribute. We then update the href attribute of our link, remove the route attribute and add a new title attribute.

<?php

namespace BeyondCode\TagHelper\Helpers;

use BeyondCode\TagHelper\Helper;
use BeyondCode\TagHelper\Html\HtmlElement;

class CustomLink extends Helper
{
    protected $targetAttribute = 'route';
    
    protected $targetElement = 'a';

    public function process(HtmlElement $element)
    {
        $element->setAttribute('href', route($element->getAttribute('route')));
        
        $element->removeAttribute('route');
        
        $element->setAttribute('title', 'This is a link.');
    }
}

Manipulating Outer / Inner Text

Your custom tag helpers can you manipulate the HTML that is inside or outside of the current element.

<?php

namespace BeyondCode\TagHelper\Helpers;

use BeyondCode\TagHelper\Helper;
use BeyondCode\TagHelper\Html\HtmlElement;

class CustomLink extends Helper
{
    protected $targetAttribute = 'add-hidden-field';
    
    protected $targetElement = 'form';

    public function process(HtmlElement $element)
    {
        $element->removeAttribute('add-hidden-field');
        
        $element->appendInnerText('<input type="hidden" name="hidden" />');
        
        // $element->prependInnerText('');
        // $element->setInnerText('');
    }
}

Passing variables to your tag helpers

You can pass attribute values to your tag helpers as you would usually pass attributes to HTML elements. Since the modifications of your tag helpers get cached, you should always return valid Blade template output in your modified attribute values.

You can not directly access the variable content inside of your tag helper, but only get the attribute string representation.

For example, to get the attribute value of the method attribute:

<form method="post"></form>

You can access this data, using the getAttribute method inside your helper:

<?php

namespace BeyondCode\TagHelper\Helpers;

use BeyondCode\TagHelper\Helper;
use BeyondCode\TagHelper\Html\HtmlElement;

class CustomForm extends Helper
{
    protected $targetElement = 'form';

    public function process(HtmlElement $element)
    {
        $formMethod = $element->getAttribute('method');
    }
}

If you want to write Blade output, you sometimes need to know if the user passed a variable or function call, or a string value. To tell the difference, users can pass variable data by prefixing the attribute using a colon.

If you want to output this attribute into a blade template, you can then use the getAttributeForBlade method and it will either give you an escaped string representation of the attribute - or the unescaped representation, in case it got prefixed by a colon.

For example:

<a route="home">Home</a>
<?php

namespace BeyondCode\TagHelper\Helpers;

use BeyondCode\TagHelper\Helper;
use BeyondCode\TagHelper\Html\HtmlElement;

class CustomForm extends Helper
{
    protected $targetElement = 'a';

    protected $targetAttribute = 'route';

    public function process(HtmlElement $element)
    {
        $element->setAttribute('href', "{{ route(" . $element->getAttributeForBlade('route') . ") }}");
        
        $element->removeAttribute('route');
    }
}

This will output:

<a href="{{ route('home') }}">Home</a>

But if you pass a dynamic parameter like this:

<a :route="$routeVariable">Home</a>

This will output:

<a href="{{ route($routeVariable) }}">Home</a>

This way you do not need to manually care about escaping and detecting dynamic variables.

Built-In Helpers

This package ships with a couple useful tag helpers out of the box.

CSRF Helper

Just add a csrf attribute to any form element to automatically add the Laravel CSRF field to it.

<form csrf method="post">

</form>

Will become:

<form method="post">
    <input type="hidden" name="_token" value="csrf-token">    
</form>

Caveats

csrf needs to be in a line with another attribute.

// this works
<form
    csrf action="/posts"
    class="mt-8>
    
// this doesn't work
<form
    csrf
    action="/posts"
    class="mt-8>
    

Form Method Helper

When your form contains a method other then GET or POST, the helper will automatically add a _method hidden field with the correct value to your form.

<form method="delete">

</form>

Will become:

<form method="post">
    <input type="hidden" name="_method" value="DELETE">    
</form>

Link

When your a tags contains a route attribute, this helper will change the href to the appropriate route. You can also provide a route-parameters attribute, to pass additional parameters to the route generation.

Examples:

<a route="home">Home</a>

<a route="profile" :route-parameters="[$user->id()]">Home</a>

Testing

composer test

Changelog

Please see CHANGELOG for more information what has changed recently.

Contributing

Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.

Security

If you discover any security related issues, please email marcel@beyondco.de instead of using the issue tracker.

Credits

License

The MIT License (MIT). Please see License File for more information.