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A simple script to support writing Jasmine by enabling you to easily inject HTML into the DOM. You can grab the latest release at the Downloads page.


Load it

jasmine-fixture needs to be loaded in the spec runner HTML file after both Jasmine and jQuery, but before your specs. (It plays really nicely with jasmine-jquery too.)

If I'm rolling my own spec runner HTML, that might look like this:

  <script type="text/javascript" src="../lib/jasmine-fixture.js"></script>

Also, if window.inject isn't being used by anything else, I suggest aliasing it to $.jasmine.inject to save on keystrokes, like so:

window.inject = $.jasmine.inject

Fair warning: all the examples below assume that you've aliased $.jasmine.inject to window.inject


Simple injection

At its simplest, calling inject with a string argument will inject a <div> with the string set to the class attribute

  $container = inject('add-item');

Therefore, the above will inject <div class="add-item"></div> to a special sandbox div in the DOM. It will be tidied up for you afterEach spec executes. inject will return a jQuery result object that includes the injected element.

Chaining injection

You can also chain calls to inject (that is, jasmine-fixture defines $.fn.inject as well).

So you could write:

  $input = inject('my-form').inject({el: 'input'});

The above will inject something like this:

<div class="my-form">

And the $input return value will be of the input, not the containing form. That makes it easier to keep the fixture code to a minimal--since your expectations will usually be about the most deeply-nested thing in your fixture markup.

Injecting plain ol' HTML

Of course, you can also inject raw HTML into the DOM. That's as easy as passing a string of HTML to inject

  $input = inject('<div><span><b>Bold!</b></span></div>')

And that'll work exactly as you'd expect it to.

Injecting with a configuration object

When you need to inject something slightly more complex, you can customize the element using a configuration object.

beforeEach(function() {
  $span = inject({
    el: 'span',
    'class': 'open closed',
    id: 'door',
    text: "oh hai, i'm some <escaped>text</escaped>"

This would yield the following markup being injected into the DOM:

<span id="door" class="open closed">oh hai, i'm some &lt;escaped&gt;text&lt;/escaped&gt;</span>

Worth noting, one rarely needs to specify all of the parameters at once; jasmine-fixture will fall back on its defaults where you don't specify a value (see below).

Configuring default behavior

You might want to setup jasmine-fixture in a spec helper that runs before all of your specs.

  window.inject = $.jasmine.inject;

  //These are jasmine-fixture's current defaults
    el:'div',                 // HTML element to be injected
    cssClass:'',              // HTML class attribute (string-wrapped 'class' can also be used)
    id:'',                    // HTML id attribute
    text: '',                 // the text within the HTML element
    defaultAttribute: 'class' // when inject() is only passed a string, it'll be set on this attribute

The defaults passed to configure will be applied on all subsequent calls to inject(). If you happen to select elements by id more often than class, then changing "defaultAttribute" to "id" would make good sense. (As you'll read below, that setting would allow you to say inject('panda') to inject an element with ID "panda".)

Other notes

Multiple jQuery versions

jasmine-fixture supports dealing with multiple versions of jQuery. By default, it'll set itself up on the instance of jQuery that owns window.jQuery at the time that its script is run. But if you want to add jasmine-fixture to an additional version of jQuery, just execute something like:


And this will have the effect of adding a new jQuery_1_4_2_.jasmine.inject, which will only depend on that instance of jQuery and not the page's default.

No conflict mode

If you don't want the jasmineFixture function cluttering up the global namespace, just call $.jasmine.noConflict(), and it'll relinquish ownership to whatever owned it previously (which is quite likely to be undefined).


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