scommons / statictags   2.7.1

MIT License GitHub

Write HTML in Scala. Extend tags and attributes with ease!

Scala versions: 2.13 2.12
Scala.js versions: 1.x 0.6

Static Tags

CI Coverage Status scala-index Scala.js 1.0

Platform Artifact Scala Version Scala JS Version
JVM "org.scommons.shogowada" %% "statictags" % [version] 2.13 NA
JS "org.scommons.shogowada" %%% "statictags" % [version] 2.13 1.1.0+

Static Tags makes it easy for you to write HTML in Scala.


All Static Tags element can be converted to HTML via toString method.

import io.github.shogowada.statictags.StaticTags._

class ToUpperCase(text: String) {
  override def toString: String = text.toUpperCase

val example = <.div(^.id := "example")(
  <.p(^.`class` := Seq("main-paragraph", "main-paragraph-bold"))("This is a paragraph."),
  "This is a text.",
  new ToUpperCase("Anything other than Static Tags element is converted to string.")


The above code will output the minified version of the following HTML.

<div id="example">
  <p class="main-paragraph main-paragraph-bold">This is a paragraph.</p>
  This is a text.

Note that when you use Static Tags, for example, you don't need to worry if the class attribute value was space delimited or comma delimited. You can just give it a collection of strings, and Static Tags takes care the rest for you. This is one of many advantages of using Static Tags!

Step by Step

  1. Import Static Tags.
    • import io.github.shogowada.statictags.StaticTags._
  2. Start with < to write element.
    • <.div
    • Think of < as the opening of standard tags (E.g. <div>).
  3. Start with ^ to write attributes and pass it to the first parameter group.
    • <.div(^.id := "foo")
  4. Pass child elements to the second parameter group.
    • <.div(^.id := "foo")("bar")

Notable Features

Flattening attributes and elements

  "When the element is an option,",
  Some("it will be flattened."),
    "Elements in sequence",
    "will be flattened too."

is equivalent of

  "When the element is an option,",
  "it will be flattened.",
  "Elements in sequence",
  "will be flattened too."

You can do the same for attributes.

Dynamically writing elements and attributes

You can dynamically write elements and attributes by using <(String) for elements and ^(String) for attributes.

  ^("a") := "A",
  ^("b") := true,
  ^("c") := false
<foo a="A" b></foo>

However, if it is a custom attribute that's specific to your application, we'd recommend extending Static Tags so that you get full benefit of the Scala's strong type system.

If it is a standard element or attribute that's missing in the library, we'd appreciate if you could create an issue or PR.

Default Boolean attribute values

Boolean attributes with true value can be shortened like this:


instead of:

<.button(^.disabled := true)()

or alternative syntax:


Static "type" attribute values

All the standard "type" attribute values are defined. You can assess them like this:


It will construct the following HTML:

<input type="password">

Static media types

All the standard media types are defined at MediaTypes object.


import io.github.shogowada.statictags.MediaTypes


Extending Static Tags

You can add your own elements and attributes, as well as your own deserializer. And it's super easy!

case class MyElementWrapper(element: Element)

object MyStaticTags extends StaticTags {

  class MyElements extends Elements {
    lazy val myElement = ElementSpec(name = "myElement")

  class MyAttributes extends Attributes {

    case class MyAttributeSpec(name: String) extends AttributeSpec {
      def :=(value: Int) = { // Create an attribute with := operator
        Attribute[Int](name = name, value = value)

      lazy val one = this := 1 // Or have an attribute as constant

      def sumOf(lhs: Int, rhs: Int) = { // Or create an attribute with custom function
        this := (lhs + rhs)

    lazy val myAttribute = MyAttributeSpec("myAttribute")

  override val < = new MyElements
  override val ^ = new MyAttributes

  implicit def asMyElementWrapper(element: Element): MyElementWrapper = {
    // You can implicitly convert it into whatever you want!

If you had a code like above, you can use it like below.

import MyStaticTags._ // This imports all of your custom code, including implicit conversion

val element = <.div(
    ^.`class` := Seq("my-element"),
    ^.myAttribute := 2
      ^.myAttribute.sumOf(1, 2)
    )("How easy it is to extend the StaticTags!")

println(element) // Use it as HTML string

val myElementWrapper: MyElementWrapper = element // Use it as your custom element

If you want to create an add-on to Static Tags instead of building something on top of it, you can create an implicit class of Elements and Attributes too.