MooTools HTML Police: dwMarkupMarine

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We've all inherited rubbish websites from webmasters that couldn't master valid HTML. You know the horrid markup: paragraph tags with align attributes and body tags with background attributes. It's almost a sin what they do. That's where dwMarkupMarine comes in. dwMarkupMarine is a small MooTools plugin you can bring into those awful pages to help highlight the mistakes you need to correct.

The MooTools 1.2 JavaScript

var dwMarkupMarine = new Class({
			
	//implements
	Implements: [Options],

	//options
	options: {
		tags: 'b, i, u, font, basefont, center, applet, dir, isindex, menu, s, strike, layer, xmp',
		attributes: 'caption[align!=""], iframe[align!=""], image[align!=""], input[align!=""], object[align!=""], legend[align!=""], table[align!=""], hr[align!=""], div[align!=""], p[align!=""], h1[align!=""], h2[align!=""], h3[align!=""], h4[align!=""], h5[align!=""], h6[align!=""], body[alink!=""], body[background!=""], table[bgcolor!=""], tr[bgcolor!=""], td[bgcolor!=""], th[bgcolor!=""], img[border!=""], object[border!=""], br[clear!=""], *[compact!=""], td[height!=""], tr[height!=""], *[hspace!=""], script[language!=""], body[link!=""], hr[noshade!=""], td[nowrap!=""], th[nowrap!=""], isindex[prompt!=""], hr[size!=""], *[start!=""], li[type!=""], ol[type!=""], ul[type!=""], li[value!=""], body[vlink!=""], *[vspace!=""], hr[width!=""], td[width!=""], th[width!=""], pre[width!=""]',
		mootools: '*[onblur!=""], *[onclick!=""], *[ondblclick!=""], *[onfocus!=""], *[onkeydown!=""], *[onkeypress!=""], *[onkeyup!=""], *[onload!=""], *[onmouseover!=""], *[onmousedown!=""], *[onmouseup!=""], *[onmouseout!=""], *[onmousemove!=""], *[onselect!=""], *[onsubmit!=""], *[onunload!=""]',
		checkTags: true,
		checkAttributes: true,
		checkMoo: true,
		custom: [],
		weapon: 'bad'
	},
	
	//initialization
	initialize: function(options) {
		this.setOptions(options);
		this.search();
	},
	
	//a method that does whatever you want
	search: function() {
		if(this.options.checkTags) { this.beat(this.options.tags); }
		if(this.options.checkAttributes) { this.beat(this.options.attributes); }
		if(this.options.checkMoo) { this.beat(this.options.mootools); }
		if(this.options.custom) { this.beat(this.options.custom); }
	},
	
	//tag the baddies
	beat: function(collection) {
		$$(collection).each(function(el) {
			el.addClass(this.options.weapon);
		}.bind(this));
	}
});

Here are the class options:

  • tags: a string of HTML tags to look for.
  • attributes: a string of element/attribute combinations to look for.
  • mootools: a string of "on" events to look for. You're using Moo -- there's no need for those.
  • checkTags: should the class look for bad tags?
  • checkAttributes: should the class look for bad attributes?
  • checkMoo: should the class look for "on" event attributes?
  • custom: a string of custom selectors to look for.
  • weapon: class to tag onto matches.

The Moo 1.2 Usage

//make it happen!
window.addEvent('load',function() {
	var mm = new dwMarkupMarine({ 
		weapon: 'bad'
	}); 
});

Do you have any use for this? Any ideas for improvement? Share them!

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Discussion

  1. Adam Taylor

    I think this could be a great class to add on to a CMS. Specifically when your clients are updating the site – If the preview showed invalid markup to be ugly as sin then the client might think twice.

    David – amazing work!!!

  2. If only we had a “virus” that could run this on all web pages. Ahhh, the day.

  3. I think Adam, hit it right on the head. This would be awesome for a CMS. You should make the ‘bad’ class a little bit more bad, maybe something like magenta with flashing text.

  4. i love mootools, but why use JavaScript when you can just use CSS to achieve the same goal?

    Check out Eric Meyer’s Diagnostic CSS file: http://meyerweb.com/eric/tools/css/diagnostics/index.html

  5. One tag I found sorely missing is embed. Everyone seems to think the way to put flash in is use the embed tag, but its useless and invalid!

  6. You could use this as a bookmarklet too. That’s be neat.

  7. @Philip: I created this using MooTools because I have future aspirations for it, like having a “correct” method that would, for example, replace [b] tags with [strong] tags.

  8. @david: that would be pretty cool. :)

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