Custom Blocks

Custom blocks are callback that perform operations on a block of HTML that is delimited in templates using block() and endblock() template methods.

Please have a look at the section "Blocks & Helpers / Blocks" to know more about blocks.

Add a custom block

Adding a block callback is as easy as pass a block name and a block callback to the Engine::registerBlock() method.

For example, let's write a callback that takes a block of text, and output every new line in a separate <li> tag, all wrapped in a <ul> tag.

   function($html) {
      // remove white space at boundaries an normalize end of lines
      $trim = trim(str_replace("\r\n", "\n", $html));
      // explode by end of lines
      $exploded = explode("\n", $trim);
      // implode lines into a list
      return '<ul><li>'.implode('</li><li>', $exploded).'</li></ul>';

After that, in a template:

<?php $this->block('eol2ul') ?>


<?php $this->endblock() ?>

Will output:


Blocks with arguments

Blocks callbacks may accept a variadic number of arguments that can be passed to block() function right after block name.

A simple example that will covert given words in a block of text to links to the Google search url for that word:

   function() {
      $args = func_get_args();
      $html = array_shift($args); // block of HTMl is first argument
      $words = $args; // all the words passed ot open() are now in $args array
      $format = '<a href="" target="_blank">%s</a>';
      foreach($words as $word) {
        $html = str_replace($word, sprintf($format, urlencode($word), $word), $html);
      return $html;

In template...

<?php $this->block('googleize', 'Lorem', 'adipiscing') ?>

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.

<?php $this->endblock() ?>

The output will be:

<a href="" target="_blank">Lorem</a> ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur <a href="" target="_blank">adipiscing</a> elit.
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