Pure HTML Templating for PHP

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v0.2.0 2013-01-19 10:15 UTC


Morgan is a small templating library for PHP to enable using 'pure HTML' templates. This means that no templating is included in your HTML files, they are meant to be fully standalone components that you can view and edit independently. Morgan then handles transforming these templates using your application data.

Morgan is a PHP port of the ideas from EnLive.


If you want to dive straight in there's an example application with more details.

use Morgan\Template as T;

        '.header h1' => T::content('Some Text')

Here, we're rendering a template using a HTML file we have. When we call render we pass the name of the source file, and an array of key/value pairs where the keys are CSS selectors to match elements in the document, and the values are functions to transform those elements.

So in the above example we're selecting all h1 elements inside .header elements, and then we're setting their content to the string 'Some Text'. T::render() will echo the content of the template, you can also use T::fetch() to just return the transformed content.

You can also get handles to Callable template functions like this...

$homePage = T::template(
    function($title, $content) {
        return array(
            'h1' => T::content($title),
            '.container' => T::htmlContent($content)

$html = $homePage('The Title', '<h2>Main content...</h2>');


In the above simple example the transformer we used was the content transformer. There are other transformers available…

# set the content of an element
T::content('Some new content')

# append content to an element
T::append('This please')

# prepend content to an element
T::prepend('Some string')

# use HTML as content for an element
T::htmlContent('<b>bold text</b>')

# set attributes of elements
T::setAttr('href', '/blog/post.html')

# remove attributes of elements

# add classes to element
T::addClass('foo', 'bar', 'baz')

# remove classes from element
T::removeClass('foo', 'bar', 'baz')

# replace with some HTML
T::replaceWith('<b>Some HTML</b>')

Custom Transformers

You can also create your own transformers, they are just functions which accept a DOMElement object and mutate it in some way.

        'a' => function(DOMElement $element) { … }

Multi Transforms

Often you'll want to apply multiple transformers to a given selector. You can do this by using the all form.

    '.foo' => T::all(
        T::content('New content'),
        T::setAttr('href', '/some/page.html')


As well as entire documents, you can also create snippets. These are fragments of some document, and you can use them for things like extracting a blog post from a HTML file, then rendering this post in another template.

$snippet = T::snippet(
    function($data) {
        return array(
            '.subject' => T::content($data['title'])

The second argument is the CSS selector for selecting the fragment from the document.

Less Trivial Example

As a more fully featured example, imagine you have a page where you want to list a bunch of blog posts. This page will contain a title, then a list of blog post subjects with a short summary of their content (the title linking to each post).

We can markup this in a single file called blog-posts.html, then use it as the template for our page, extract the example snippet for a blog post in summary view to use for the blog posts.

# array of blog posts to show

$posts = array(
        'title' => 'First Post',
        'summary' => 'Some short snippet',
        'href' => '/blog/post-one.html'
        'title' => 'Another Post',
        'summary' => 'And another short snippet',
        'href' => '/blog/another-post.html'

# re-usable blog post summary snippet

$postSnippet = T::snippet(
    function($item) {
        return array(
            'h3 a' => T::all(
                T::setAttr('href', $item['href'])
            'p' => T::content($item['summary'])

# render the main template

        'h1' => 'The Blog Posts Page',
        '.posts' => T::map($postSnippet, $posts)

Object Orientated Usage

As well as the static interface you can also use Morgan in an OOP manner if you like.

use Morgan\Template as T;

# create and echo the template

$t = new T('path/to/file.html');

echo $t->html(array(
    'h1' => T::contect('Some title')

# snippet is exactly the same, but with a selector

$s = new T('path/to/file.html', '.some-selector');

echo $s->html(array(
    '.description' => T::content('A Description')

Installation with Composer

Morgan is available via Composer, just require it and specify the version you want to use.

composer require rodnaph/morgan


This library was inspired by EnLive, and is mainly a just-for-fun implementation in PHP. If you find it useful though feel free to contribute!


The following functions from EnLive are not implemented yet, so I still need to review them and do that if they make sense...