StrangeElement StrangeElement - 4 years ago 125
Ruby Question

Empty attribute with Ruby HAML

I'm implementing Schema microformats on a Ruby project using HAML and can't figure out how to set an empty attribute on a tag. I tried nil and false, but they simply do not shown.


<div itemscope>

I'm tring to set an empty itemscope attribute.

Code added from comment by @StrangeElement:

My code:

.agency.premium{:itemscope => true, :itemtype => '';}

:itemscope => true
seems to be the recommended approach from HAML's documentation. I get the same result as I would get with
:itemscope => ''
, a XHTML-valid attribute with an empty value (i.e.
<div itemscope="">

Probably fine, but I'd rather have it empty as is documented in the Schema doc.

Answer Source

Using something like

%div{:itemscope => true}

is the correct way to specify this in your Haml file.

How this is rendered depends on how you set Haml's format option. The default in Haml 3.1 is xhtml, and with that it will render as itemprop='itemprop', which is valid xhtml. To render with minimized attributes (like <div itemscope>) you need to set the format to html4 or html5. (In Rails 3 the default is html5, and in Haml 4.0 the default is html5).

How to set the Haml options depends on how you are using it, see the options section in the docs.

For example, using Haml directly in Ruby, this:

engine = '%div{:itemscope => true}'
puts engine.render

produces the default xhtml with full attributes:

<div itemscope='itemscope'></div>

But this:

engine = '%div{:itemscope => true}', :format => :html5
puts engine.render

produces the desired result with minimized attributes:

<div itemscope></div>
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