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Fast and lightweight JSON to DOM generation in less than 60 lines.

You :

  • Do not like <html>
  • Do not want heavy templating system
  • Love javascript
  • Want performance
  • Are tired of document.createElement

Here is toDOM :

var scope = {};
var el = toDOM({
    attr : { className : 'my_class' },
    events : {
        click : function() {
            console.log('div clicked');
  children : [
        tag : 'p',
        label : 'myParagraph',
        innerHTML : 'Hello',
        style : {
            backgroundColor : '#000'
}, scope);

Will create the following :

    <div class="my_class">
        <p style="background-color:#000">

With a console.log on click and a reference of the <p> DOM element in scope :

    scope.myParagraph //  domElement 
    scope.myParagraph.innerHTML // 'Hello' 

Usage in object oriented javascript :

var View = function(o) {
    if (o.domDescription) {
View.prototype = {
    buildEl : function(domDescription) {
        this.el = toDOM(domDescription, this);
var myView = new View({
    domDescription : {
        tag : 'p',
        children : [
                label : 'helloEl',
                innerHTML : 'hello!'
myView.el // DOM element 
myView.helloEl // DOM element 
myView.helloEl.innerHTML // 'hello!' 

Also :

  • Default tag is 'div'


toDOM is coded as AMD module but can be installed with npm, bower or old-fashioned src=".min.js".

With npm:

npm install todom

and use it with nodejs:

var toDOM = require('todom')

With bower:

bower install toDOM

Point toDOM to [bower_components_path]/toDOM/app/toDOM.js into your requirejs path config and load it with requirejs:

require(['toDOM/toDOM'], function( toDOM ){

With src=" .min.js"

Inside the dist folder, download latest standalone minified version or development version and include it in your html page:

<script src="[path_to_source]/toDOM-latest-standalone-min.js%>"></script> 

The module is available via the scope


To do


See jsdoc-generated documentation in /documentation

Folder Structure

app         ->  development files
|- bower_components          ->  [bower]( front-end packages
|- main.js                   ->  main file for browser and node.js, handle AMD config
|- to_dom   -> main AMD module
test        ->  unit tests
tasks       -> [Grunt]( tasks, see [generator-mangrove-module](
dist        ->  distribution & build files
node_modules -> node packages
documentation  -> [jsdoc]( generated documentation 

Run unit tests

On the browser

Run grunt test:browser and open test/ on your browser.

On a headless browser

grunt test:headless will run your tests in a headless browser, with phantomjs and mocha

On node

grunt test:node will run your tests with node and mocha.

Because of requirejs, the mocha command does not work.

Build your own

This project uses Node.js, Grunt and Require.js for the build process. If for some reason you need to build a custom version install Node.js, npm install and run:

grunt build

Yeoman Mangrove module Generator

This module is based on a Yeoman generator: Generator-mangrove-module
Check it for task-related references such as build, deploy etc ..



MIT License