html_of_jsx

html_of_jsx is an implementation of JSX designed to render HTML on the server, without React or anything else. It's a simple library that allows you to write HTML in a declarative way with the component model.

This library is extracted from server-reason-react and simplified to just work with HTML5.

Installation

opan pin add html_of_jsx "https://github.com/davesnx/html_of_jsx"
(libraries html_of_jsx)
(preprocess (pps html_of_jsx.ppx))

API

Jsx module that exposes some helpers to construct elements and Html_of_jsx to render them, the rest are functions with labelled arguments.

Features

It's just HTML (no className, no htmlFor, etc.)

let element = <a href="https://x.com/davesnx">
  <span> {"Click me!"} </span>
</a>

> Note reserved keywords aren't possible as props. For example class => class_ or type => type_.

Components are functions with labeled arguments

let component = (~name, ()) => {
  <div> <h1> {Jsx.text("Hello, " ++ name ++ "!")} </h1> </div>;
};

Html_of_jsx.render(<component name="lola" />);

> Note that the component function needs to have a last argument of type unit in order to work properly with labelled arguments. Explained on the OCaml manual: Functions with only labelled arguments, need a last non labelled argument to be able to be called as a non curried function.

Uppercase components default to make

module Button = {
  let make = () => {
    <button onclick="onClickHandler"> {Jsx.text("Click me")} </button>;
  };
};

Html_of_jsx.render(<Button />);
// is equivalent to
Html_of_jsx.render(<Button.make />);

Brings the power of interleaving expressions (stolen from JSX)

let component = (~name, ~children, ()) => {
  <div>
    <h1> {("Hello, " ++ name ++ "!") |> Jsx.text} </h1>
    <h2> children </h2>
  </div>;
};

Html_of_jsx.render(
  <component name="World"> {Jsx.text("This is a children!")} </component>,
);

List of childrens are available with Jsx.list

Html_of_jsx.render(
  <ul>
    {["This", "is", "an", "unordered", "list"]
     |> List.map(item => <li> {Jsx.text(item)} </li>)
     |> Jsx.list}
  </ul>,
);

Type-safe

HTML attributes are type-checked and only valid attributes are allowed

    <h1 noop=1> {Jsx.text("Hello, world!")} </h1>
    ^^^
// Error: prop 'noop' isn't valid on a 'h1' element.

    <h1 class_=1> {Jsx.text("Hello, world!")} </h1>
               ^
// Error: This expression has type int but an expression was expected of type string

And also friendly, it recommends you the correct attribute if you misspell it

          <div ?onClick />
          ^^^^
// Error: prop 'onClick' isn't valid on a 'div' element.
//        Hint: Maybe you mean 'onclick'?

Minimalistic

Only 2 function to learn, the rest are your functions (aka components):

The rest are helpers on Jsx.*, like (Jsx.int). Check the !Jsx if you are curious

Html_of_jsx.render(<h1>{Jsx.text("Hello, world!")}</h1>);

Supports children as list of elements

let component = (~name, ~children, ()) => {
  <div>
    <h1> {Jsx.text("Hello, " ++ name ++ "!")} </h1>
    <h2> {children} </h2>
  </div>
};

Html_of_jsx.render(<component> {"This is a children!"} </component>)

Supports fragments

let component: Jsx.element = <> <div class_="md:w-1/3" /> <div class_="md:w-2/3" /> </>;

Html_of_jsx.render(<component> {"This is a children!"} </component>)

Works with Reason

let component = (~name, ()) => {
  <div> <h1> {Jsx.text("Hello, " ++ name ++ "!")} </h1> </div>;
};

Html_of_jsx.render(<component name="World" />);

Works with mlx (https://github.com/andreypopp/mlx)

let component ~name =
  <div>
    <h1> ("Hello, " ^ name ^ "!") </h1>
  </div>

Html_of_jsx.render <component name="World" />