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HTML Helper


composer require dotink/inkwell-html


The HTML helper provides a facade class and a number of fly-weight classes which are invoked to perform particular functionality. It is best consumed with a view object which will automatically determine the template type and wrap accessed data using it, but it can be used independently as well.

If you're using the official inKWell view component, then the plugin action provided by the html component will do this for you by registering a filter on views which are dependency injected.

If you're not using that view component, you can either use the html::out() method directly or enable your view's data access methods to wrap your data with it.

There is no instantiation, it's just a facade.


You will likely want to make sure your templates are namespaced with Inkwell\HTML to prevent the need for verbose class references. You can do this by ensuring the following is at the top of your HTML .php files:

namespace Inkwell\HTML;


Escaping can be done explicitly with:

<?= html::esc($value) ?>

If no additional filters are set, escaping is done automatically on html::out().


Outputting values will pass the value through all filters currently set, by default, this is only escaping:

<?= html::out('This & that') ?>


You can set the filters for a particular block of code by doing the following:

<?php html::filter(['raw', 'lower', ...], function() { ?>
	Any call to <?= html::out('html::out') ?> will pass the value through `raw` and `lower` first.
<?php }) ?>


<?php html::per([1, 2, 3], function($i, $val){ ?>
	I see the number <?= $val ?><br />
<?php })) ?>

This will output:

I see the number 1<br/>
I see the number 2<br/>
I see the number 3<br/>

In the above example both the `$i` and `$val` values will be wrapped in `html::out()` before being passed to the closure. This will apply any filters, including automatic escaping to these values.


The raw() filter can be used to unescape HTML entities or prevent automatic escaping for a single value:

<?= html::raw('<a href="/">Go Home</a>') ?>

This will output the anchor as shown instead of escaping to make the code visible. That is, it will actually make a link.

You can also apply this to any values passed through html::out() for an entire block of HTML by using a closure:

<?php html::raw(function() { ?>
	<h3>Current Rich Text Body</h3>
	<div class="body">
		<?= html::out($content) ?>
<?php }) ?>


You can lowercase a string using html::lower():

I prefer my values to be lowercase, such as <?= html::lower($value) ?>


You can use the money() to output monetary values.

<?= html::money(2) ?>

Will output $2.00 by default. Unlike some simpler filters, money can be configured. You can configure it by performing the following prior to use. If you're using this component as part of the framework, this configuration is done for you:

	'money' => new Inkwell\HTML\money($currency, $decimal, $separator)

Adding Custom Filters

A filter is a fly-weight class which generally only has a single method __invoke() which is added to the html facade with a particular alias (usually the class name).

You can see how money is added in the previous section. Since that example is a bit more complex since it can be configured with currency, decimal places, etc, let's look at the simpler example for lower:

<?php namespace Inkwell\HTML
	class lower
		 * Make a value lowercase
		 * @access public
		 * @param mixed The value to make lowercase
		 * @return mixed The lowercased value, or original value if not a string
		public function __invoke($data)
			return is_string($data)
				? html::out(strtolower($data), 'lower')
				: $data;

This filter could then be added to the html facade class such as:

Inkwell\HTML\html::add(['lower' => new Inkwell\HTML\lower()]);

Take note that add() requires an array where the key is the filter as it will be called on the html class itself and the value is the instantiated filter. You could call this filter via html::low() instead by registering it as follows:

Inkwell\HTML\html::add(['low' => new Inkwell\HTML\lower()]);

If you make a call to an unregistered filter, the html facade class will try to instantiate the filter as a class in the Inkwell\HTML namespace, so in most cases you don't actually need to worry about registering.

Keep in mind that if you need to allow for additional filter configuration options, such as is the case with money, you will likely always want to register this manually or ensure that the __construct() method on the filter requires no parameters and provides sane defaults.