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    handlebars-form-helper

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    handlebars-form-helper

    A library of handlebars helpers that help with building forms.

    Installation

    Install using npm:

    $ npm install handlebars-form-helper

    Usage

    Registering the helpers

    You have to register the helpers before you can use them in your templates. The register method expects the Handlebars object to be passed in, and an optional config object, for example:

    HandlebarsFormHelper.register(Handlebars, {
      namespace: 'form',  // default namespace
    });

    Once the helpers are registered, you can use the helpers in your templates, and compile your templates as you usually would.

    For use with Express and express-handlebars

    In server.js

    const express = require('express');
    const exphbs = require('express-handlebars');
    const hbsFormHelper = require('handlebars-form-helper');
    ...
    const app = express();
    const hbs = exphbs.create({
      defaultLayout: 'app',
      extname: '.hbs',
      layoutsDir: `${__dirname}/app/views/layouts/`,
      partialsDir: `${__dirname}/app/views/partials/`,
    });
    // Call the registerHelper and pass in the handlebars object
    hbsFormHelper.registerHelpers(hbs.handlebars, { namespace: 'form' });
    app.engine('.hbs', hbs.engine);
    app.set('view engine', '.hbs');
    ...
    app.listen(...);

    Using the helpers

    Most of the helpers can be used inline, for example:

    {{form-label 'name' 'Please enter your name'}}

    For simplicity, all the helpers are written as expression helpers.

    By default the helpers are registered without a default namespace of form. If you need to change the helpers namespace, you can specify a custom namespace when registering the helpers, for example:

    HandlebarsFormHelper.register(Handlebars, {
      namespace: 'myform',
    });

    Now the helpers are created with that namespace, for example:

    {{myform-label 'name' 'Please enter your name'}}

    Form Helpers

    Usage of each helper is in the form of {{namespace-type ...}}.
    The type corresponds as close as possible to <input type="type" ...>

    {{form-open 'user' url class='form'}}
    {{form-close}}
    {{form-label 'name' 'Please enter your name'}}
    {{form-text 'firstName' person.name}}
    {{form-input 'firstName' person.name}}          // same as above
    {{form-hidden 'secret' 'key123'}}
    {{form-password 'password'}}
    {{form-textarea 'text' 'Here is some text'}}
    {{form-file 'fileupload'}}
    {{form-email 'email'}}
    {{form-date 'date'}}
    {{form-number 'number'}}
    {{form-checkbox 'apples' 'yes' true}}
    {{form-radio 'apples' 'yes' true}}
    {{form-select 'title' titles person.title}}
    {{form-button 'save' 'Submit form'}}
    {{form-submit 'save' 'Submit form'}}

    Automatic id attribute

    All HTML elements will automatically have an id attribute which adds the field type as a prefix to the name of the field

    • {{form-open 'user' ...}} renders <form id="form-user" name="user" ...>
    • {{form-label 'name' ...}} renders <label id="label-"name" for="name" ...>
    • {{form-button 'save' ...}} renders <input id="button-save" name="save" ...>
    • {{form-submit 'save' ...}} renders <input id="submit-save" name="save" ...>
    • {{form-image 'save' ...}} renders <input id="image-save" name="save" ...>

    All other types gets prefixed with field-

    • {{form-input 'firstName' ...}} renders <form id="field-firstName" name="firstName" ...>

    Additionally, checkboxes and radio buttons gets more unique id by suffixing the value

    • {{form-checkbox 'apples' 'yes' ...}} renders <form id="field-apples-yes" name="apples" ...>
    • {{form-radio 'apples' 'yes' ...}} renders <form id="field-apples-yes" name="apples" ...>

    Besides the defined attributes above, you can pass additional HTML attributes at the end of the helper and these will show up in the final HTML tag

    {{form-text 'firstName' person.name
      style='background-color:red;'
      class='form-control required'
      data-id='1234'
    }}

    renders

    <input type="text" id="field-firstName" name="firstName" value="person.name"
     style="background-color:red;"
     class="form-control required"
     data-id="1234" />

    If you do not want this behavior, just add an id=false (uses id=name) OR id=someotherid to additional HTML attributes to override it

    {{form-text 'firstName' person.name id=false}}

    renders

    <input type="text" id="firstName" name="firstName" value="person.name" />
    {{form-text 'firstName' person.name id='someotherid'}}

    renders

    <input type="text" id="someotherid" name="firstName" value="person.name" />

    Examples

    Form Helper

    {{form-open 'user' '/user' class='form'}}
    <!-- Note there is no closing </form> tag, use {{form-close}} for that -->
    <form id="form-user" name="user" method="POST" action="/user" class="form">
    {{form-close}}
    </form>

    Label Helper

    {{label 'name' 'Please enter your name'}}
    <label id="label-name" for="name">Please enter your name</label>

    Input Helper

    {{form-text 'firstName' person.name}}
    {{form-input 'firstName' person.name}}  // same as above
    {{form-hidden 'secret' 'key123'}}
    {{form-password 'password'}}
    {{form-textarea 'text' 'Here is some text'}}
    {{form-file 'fileupload'}}
    {{form-email 'email'}}
    {{form-date 'date'}}
    {{form-number 'number'}}
    {{form-checkbox 'apples' 'yes' true}}
    {{form-radio 'apples' 'yes'}}
    <input type="text" id="field-firstName" name="firstName" value="person.name" />
    <input type="text" id="field-firstName" name="firstName" value="person.name" />
    <input type="hidden" id="field-secret" name="secret" value="key123" />
    <input type="password" id="field-password" name="password" />
    <textarea id="field-text" name="text">Here is some text</textarea>
    <input type="file" id="field-file" name="file" />
    <input type="email" id="field-email" name="email" value="" />
    <input type="date" id="field-date" name="date" value="" />
    <input type="number" id="field-number" name="number" value="" />
    <input type="checkbox" id="field-apples-yes" name="apples" value="yes" selected="selected" />
    <input type="radio" id="field-apples-yes" name="apples" value="yes" />

    Select Helper

    {{!-- titles = { 'Mr': 'Mister', 'Ms': 'Miss', 'Dr': 'Doctor' }; --}}
    {{form-select 'title' titles 'Ms'}}
    <select id="field-title" name="title">
      <option value="Mr">Mister</option>
      <option value="Ms" selected="selected">Miss</option>
      <option value="Dr">Doctor</option>
    </select>

    You can also pass an array on the selected attribute for multiple selected items

    Button Helper

    {{form-button "save" "Submit form"}}
    {{form-submit 'save' 'Submit form'}}
    <input type="button" id="button-save" name="save">Submit form</button>
    <input type="submit" id="submit-save" name="save">Submit form</button>

    Contributing

    Feel free to send pull requests.

    References

    TODO

    • Write some tests
    • Figure out how to pass config object into each helper for better flexibility (for example, where we prefix the id attribute or not)
    • Implement <optgroup></optgroup> for <select>
    • Implement {{form-image 'save' 'Submit form'}}

    Install

    npm i handlebars-form-helper

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    Version

    1.0.4

    License

    MIT

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