Template::Plugin::HTML - Plugin to create HTML elements


Template::Plugin::HTML - Plugin to create HTML elements


    [% USE HTML %]
    [% HTML.escape("if (a < b && c > d) ..." %]
    [% HTML.element(table => { border => 1, cellpadding => 2 }) %]
    [% HTML.attributes(border => 1, cellpadding => 2) %]


The HTML plugin is very new and very basic, implementing a few useful methods for generating HTML. It is likely to be extended in the future or integrated with a larger project to generate HTML elements in a generic way (as discussed recently on the mod_perl mailing list).



Returns the source text with any HTML reserved characters such as <, >, etc., correctly esacped to their entity equivalents.


Returns the elements of the hash array passed by reference correctly formatted (e.g. values quoted and correctly escaped) as attributes for an HTML element.

element(type, attributes)

Generates an HTML element of the specified type and with the attributes provided as an optional hash array reference as the second argument or as named arguments.

    [% HTML.element(table => { border => 1, cellpadding => 2 }) %]
    [% HTML.element('table', border=1, cellpadding=2) %]
    [% HTML.element(table => attribs) %]


The HTML plugin accepts a 'sorted' option as a constructor argument which, when set to any true value, causes the attributes generated by the attributes() method (either directly or via element()) to be returned in sorted order. Order of attributes isn't important in HTML, but this is provided mainly for the purposes of debugging where it is useful to have attributes generated in a deterministic order rather than whatever order the hash happened to feel like returning the keys in.

    [% USE HTML(sorted=1) %]
    [% HTML.element( foo => { charlie => 1, bravo => 2, alpha => 3 } ) %]


    <foo alpha="3" bravo="2" charlie="1">


Andy Wardley <abw@andywardley.com>



2.51, distributed as part of the Template Toolkit version 2.10, released on 24 July 2003.


  Copyright (C) 1996-2003 Andy Wardley.  All Rights Reserved.
  Copyright (C) 1998-2002 Canon Research Centre Europe Ltd.

This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.



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