Class: Nokogiri::XML::Builder

Inherits:
Object
  • Object
show all
Defined in:
lib/nokogiri/xml/builder.rb

Overview

Nokogiri builder can be used for building XML and HTML documents.

Synopsis:

builder = Nokogiri::XML::Builder.new do |xml|
  xml.root {
    xml.products {
      xml.widget {
        xml.id_ "10"
        xml.name "Awesome widget"
      }
    }
  }
end
puts builder.to_xml

Will output:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<root>
  <products>
    <widget>
      <id>10</id>
      <name>Awesome widget</name>
    </widget>
  </products>
</root>

Builder scope

The builder allows two forms. When the builder is supplied with a block that has a parameter, the outside scope is maintained. This means you can access variables that are outside your builder. If you don't need outside scope, you can use the builder without the “xml” prefix like this:

builder = Nokogiri::XML::Builder.new do
  root {
    products {
      widget {
        id_ "10"
        name "Awesome widget"
      }
    }
  }
end

Special Tags

The builder works by taking advantage of method_missing. Unfortunately some methods are defined in ruby that are difficult or dangerous to remove. You may want to create tags with the name “type”, “class”, and “id” for example. In that case, you can use an underscore to disambiguate your tag name from the method call.

Here is an example of using the underscore to disambiguate tag names from ruby methods:

@objects = [Object.new, Object.new, Object.new]

builder = Nokogiri::XML::Builder.new do |xml|
  xml.root {
    xml.objects {
      @objects.each do |o|
        xml.object {
          xml.type_   o.type
          xml.class_  o.class.name
          xml.id_     o.id
        }
      end
    }
  }
end
puts builder.to_xml

The underscore may be used with any tag name, and the last underscore will just be removed. This code will output the following XML:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<root>
  <objects>
    <object>
      <type>Object</type>
      <class>Object</class>
      <id>48390</id>
    </object>
    <object>
      <type>Object</type>
      <class>Object</class>
      <id>48380</id>
    </object>
    <object>
      <type>Object</type>
      <class>Object</class>
      <id>48370</id>
    </object>
  </objects>
</root>

Tag Attributes

Tag attributes may be supplied as method arguments. Here is our previous example, but using attributes rather than tags:

@objects = [Object.new, Object.new, Object.new]

builder = Nokogiri::XML::Builder.new do |xml|
  xml.root {
    xml.objects {
      @objects.each do |o|
        xml.object(:type => o.type, :class => o.class, :id => o.id)
      end
    }
  }
end
puts builder.to_xml

Tag Attribute Short Cuts

A couple attribute short cuts are available when building tags. The short cuts are available by special method calls when building a tag.

This example builds an “object” tag with the class attribute “classy” and the id of “thing”:

builder = Nokogiri::XML::Builder.new do |xml|
  xml.root {
    xml.objects {
      xml.object.classy.thing!
    }
  }
end
puts builder.to_xml

Which will output:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<root>
  <objects>
    <object class="classy" id="thing"/>
  </objects>
</root>

All other options are still supported with this syntax, including blocks and extra tag attributes.

Namespaces

Namespaces are added similarly to attributes. Nokogiri::XML::Builder assumes that when an attribute starts with “xmlns”, it is meant to be a namespace:

builder = Nokogiri::XML::Builder.new { |xml|
  xml.root('xmlns' => 'default', 'xmlns:foo' => 'bar') do
    xml.tenderlove
  end
}
puts builder.to_xml

Will output XML like this:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<root xmlns:foo="bar" xmlns="default">
  <tenderlove/>
</root>

Referencing declared namespaces

Tags that reference non-default namespaces (i.e. a tag “foo:bar”) can be built by using the Nokogiri::XML::Builder#[] method.

For example:

builder = Nokogiri::XML::Builder.new do |xml|
  xml.root('xmlns:foo' => 'bar') {
    xml.objects {
      xml['foo'].object.classy.thing!
    }
  }
end
puts builder.to_xml

Will output this XML:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<root xmlns:foo="bar">
  <objects>
    <foo:object class="classy" id="thing"/>
  </objects>
</root>

Note the “foo:object” tag.

Document Types

To create a document type (DTD), access use the Builder#doc method to get the current context document. Then call Node#create_internal_subset to create the DTD node.

For example, this Ruby:

builder = Nokogiri::XML::Builder.new do |xml|
  xml.doc.create_internal_subset(
    'html',
    "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN",
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd"
  )
  xml.root do
    xml.foo
  end
end

puts builder.to_xml

Will output this xml:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<root>
  <foo/>
</root>

Direct Known Subclasses

HTML::Builder

Defined Under Namespace

Classes: NodeBuilder

Instance Attribute Summary collapse

Class Method Summary collapse

Instance Method Summary collapse

Constructor Details

#initialize(options = {}, root = nil, &block) ⇒ Builder

Create a new Builder object. options are sent to the top level Document that is being built.

Building a document with a particular encoding for example:

Nokogiri::XML::Builder.new(:encoding => 'UTF-8') do |xml|
  ...
end


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# File 'lib/nokogiri/xml/builder.rb', line 266

def initialize options = {}, root = nil, &block

  if root
    @doc    = root.document
    @parent = root
  else
    namespace     = self.class.name.split('::')
    namespace[-1] = 'Document'
    @doc          = eval(namespace.join('::')).new
    @parent       = @doc
  end

  @context  = nil
  @arity    = nil
  @ns       = nil

  options.each do |k,v|
    @doc.send(:"#{k}=", v)
  end

  return unless block_given?

  @arity = block.arity
  if @arity <= 0
    @context = eval('self', block.binding)
    instance_eval(&block)
  else
    yield self
  end

  @parent = @doc
end

Dynamic Method Handling

This class handles dynamic methods through the method_missing method

#method_missing(method, *args, &block) ⇒ Object

:nodoc:



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# File 'lib/nokogiri/xml/builder.rb', line 355

def method_missing method, *args, &block # :nodoc:
  if @context && @context.respond_to?(method)
    @context.send(method, *args, &block)
  else
    node = @doc.create_element(method.to_s.sub(/[_!]$/, ''),*args) { |n|
      # Set up the namespace
      if @ns.is_a? Nokogiri::XML::Namespace
        n.namespace = @ns
        @ns = nil
      end
    }

    if @ns.is_a? Hash
      node.namespace = node.namespace_definitions.find { |x| x.prefix == @ns[:pending] }
      if node.namespace.nil?
        raise ArgumentError, "Namespace #{@ns[:pending]} has not been defined"
      end
      @ns = nil
    end

    insert(node, &block)
  end
end

Instance Attribute Details

#arityObject

:nodoc:



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# File 'lib/nokogiri/xml/builder.rb', line 237

def arity
  @arity
end

#contextObject

A context object for use when the block has no arguments



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# File 'lib/nokogiri/xml/builder.rb', line 235

def context
  @context
end

#docObject

The current Document object being built



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# File 'lib/nokogiri/xml/builder.rb', line 229

def doc
  @doc
end

#parentObject

The parent of the current node being built



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# File 'lib/nokogiri/xml/builder.rb', line 232

def parent
  @parent
end

Class Method Details

.with(root, &block) ⇒ Object

Create a builder with an existing root object. This is for use when you have an existing document that you would like to augment with builder methods. The builder context created will start with the given root node.

For example:

doc = Nokogiri::XML(open('somedoc.xml'))
Nokogiri::XML::Builder.with(doc.at('some_tag')) do |xml|
  # ... Use normal builder methods here ...
  xml.awesome # add the "awesome" tag below "some_tag"
end


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# File 'lib/nokogiri/xml/builder.rb', line 253

def self.with root, &block
  new({}, root, &block)
end

Instance Method Details

#<<(string) ⇒ Object

Append the given raw XML string to the document



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# File 'lib/nokogiri/xml/builder.rb', line 351

def << string
  @doc.fragment(string).children.each { |x| insert(x) }
end

#[](ns) ⇒ Object

Build a tag that is associated with namespace ns. Raises an ArgumentError if ns has not been defined higher in the tree.



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# File 'lib/nokogiri/xml/builder.rb', line 320

def [] ns
  if @parent != @doc
    @ns = @parent.namespace_definitions.find { |x| x.prefix == ns.to_s }
  end
  return self if @ns

  @parent.ancestors.each do |a|
    next if a == doc
    @ns = a.namespace_definitions.find { |x| x.prefix == ns.to_s }
    return self if @ns
  end

  @ns = { :pending => ns.to_s }
  return self
end

#cdata(string) ⇒ Object

Create a CDATA Node with content of string



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# File 'lib/nokogiri/xml/builder.rb', line 307

def cdata string
  insert doc.create_cdata(string)
end

#comment(string) ⇒ Object

Create a Comment Node with content of string



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# File 'lib/nokogiri/xml/builder.rb', line 313

def comment string
  insert doc.create_comment(string)
end

#text(string) ⇒ Object

Create a Text Node with content of string



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# File 'lib/nokogiri/xml/builder.rb', line 301

def text string
  insert @doc.create_text_node(string)
end

#to_xml(*args) ⇒ Object

Convert this Builder object to XML



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# File 'lib/nokogiri/xml/builder.rb', line 338

def to_xml(*args)
  if Nokogiri.jruby?
    options = args.first.is_a?(Hash) ? args.shift : {}
    if !options[:save_with]
      options[:save_with] = Node::SaveOptions::AS_BUILDER
    end
    args.insert(0, options)
  end
  @doc.to_xml(*args)
end