Zerø Wind Jamie Wong

JSONimal - Elegant DOM Contruction with jQuery

EDIT There is a more complete project achieving exactly the goals I set out for called jquery-haml: http://github.com/creationix/jquery-haml

Occasionally for Javascript projects, I found myself building a lot of HTML programatically, and I wasn’t satisfied with any of the techniques available, so I built JSONimal. I was originally going to just call it JSONML, but that was taken.

What’s it do? This example should demonstrate my goal fairly well.

$(function() {
    $.mktag("#demo").jsonimal([
        ["h1", {text: "JSONimal!"}],
        ["table",{style: 'border: 1px solid black'},[
            ["thead",[
                ["tr",{style: 'text-transform: uppercase'},[
                    ["th", {text: "one"}],
                    ["th", {text: "two"}],
                    ["th", {text: "three"}]
                ]]
            ]],
            ["tbody", [
                ["tr",[
                    ["td", {html: "<u>a</u>"}],
                    ["td", {text: "b"}],
                    ["td", {text: "c"}]
                ]],
                ["tr",[
                    ["td",[
                        ["a", {href: "http://www.google.ca", text: "Google"}]
                    ]],
                    ["td", {text: "b"}],
                    ["td", {text: "c"}]
                ]],
                ["tr",[
                    ["td", {text: "a"}],
                    ["td", {text: "b"}],
                    ["td", {text: "c"}]
                ]]
            ]]
        ]]
    ]).appendTo("body");
});

Which will add this to the body:

JSONimal!

onetwothree
abc
Googlebc
abc

For more information and examples, check out the github page: JSONimal @ github.

I also posted it as on the jQuery plugins page - but that just points to the github page anyway. JSONimal @ plugins.jquery.com

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Zerø Wind Jamie Wong