A YUILoader class (based on Adam Moore’s client-side YUI Loader) that makes it a snap to pull YUI components into your Django projects
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YUI_include -- YUI Loader as Django middleware

Copyright: 2008-2009, Antti Kaihola and individual contributors
Contact: akaihol+django@ambitone.com
License:BSD, see the file LICENSE for details


This server-side middleware implements some of the functionality in the Yahoo User Interface Loader component. YUI JavaScript and CSS modules requirements can be declared anywhere in the base, inherited or included templates, and the resulting, optimized <script> and <link rel=stylesheet> tags are inserted at the specified position of the resulting page.

Requirements may be specified in multiple locations. This is useful when zero or more components are included in the HTML head section, and inherited and/or included templates require possibly overlapping sets of YUI components in the body across inherited and included templates. All tags are collected in the head section, and duplicate tags are automatically eliminated.

The middleware understands component dependencies and ensures that resources are loaded in the right order. It knows about built-in rollup files that ship with YUI. By automatically using rolled-up files, the number of HTTP requests is reduced.


The default syntax looks like HTML comments. Markup for the insertion point is replaced with <script> and <link> tags:

<!-- YUI_init -->

Component requirements are indicated, possibly in multiple locations, with the YUI_include markup. It is removed from the resulting page by the middleware. Example:

<!-- YUI_include fonts grids event dragdrop -->

Non-minified and compressed versions are requested, respectively, by:

<!-- YUI_version raw -->
<!-- YUI_version debug -->


<!-- YUI_init -->
<!-- YUI_include dom event -->
<!-- YUI_include element selector reset fonts base -->

The above HTML will render as:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://yui.yahooapis.com/2.5.1/build/reset-fonts/reset-fonts.css" />
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://yui.yahooapis.com/2.5.1/build/base/base-min.css" />
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://yui.yahooapis.com/2.5.1/build/yahoo-dom-event/yahoo-dom-event.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://yui.yahooapis.com/2.5.1/build/element/element-beta-min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://yui.yahooapis.com/2.5.1/build/selector/selector-beta-min.js"></script>


The markup format can be customized with global Django settings. Example:


would change markup to e.g. {! init !} and {! include dom event !}.

The base URL is customized with the YUI_INCLUDE_BASE setting, e.g.:

YUI_INCLUDE_BASE = 'http://localhost:8000/yui/build/'

To remove the XHTML trailing slash from the <link> tag, use:

YUI_INCLUDE_CSS_TAG = '<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="%s">'


The code is licensed under the BSD License. See the LICENSE file in the distribution.