sparkup: A parser for a condensed HTML format

Sparkup is just plain cool. You can write HTML in a CSS-like syntax, and have Sparkup handle the expansion to full HTML code. In short, Sparkup lets you write HTML code superfast!

Sparkup is written in Python, and requires Python 2.5 or newer (2.5 is preinstalled in Mac OS X Leopard). Sparkup also offers integration for common text editors. Support for VIM and TextMate are currently included.

Sparkup was written by Rico Sta. Cruz and was inspired by Zen Coding of Vadim Makeev. For those who may be familiar with Zen HTML, the syntax is forward-compatible with Sparkup (anything that Zen HTML can parse, Sparkup can too).

Usage and Installation

Download Sparkup from Github - you can download the latest version here.

TextMate

Simply double-click on the Sparkup.tmbundle package in Finder to install the bundle.

In TextMate, open an HTML file and type in something like …

#header > h1

Then, press Ctrl + E. Pressing Tab after the snippet is expanded will cycle through all your newly created empty elements.

VIM

Copy the contents of vim/ftplugin/ to your ~/.vim/ftplugin directory.

// Assuming your current dir is sparkup/vim/
$ cp -R ftplugin ~/.vim/

Command-line and others

Put Sparkup in your $PATH somewhere and then invoke it by typing:

echo "(input here)" | sparkup

… or this for a list of commands.

sparkup --help

NetBeans?

Check out the ZenCodingNetBeansPlugin.

Superfast HTML prototyping

This …

ul.feature-list > li*5 > h2 + p + a.button{Learn More}

Expands to this …

<ul class="feature-list">
    <li>
        <h2></h2>
        <p></p>
        <a href="" class="button">Learn More</a>
    </li>
    <li>
        <h2></h2>
        <p></p>
        <a href="" class="button">Learn More</a>
    </li>
    <li>
        <h2></h2>
        <p></p>
        <a href="" class="button">Learn More</a>
    </li>
    <li>
        <h2></h2>
        <p></p>
        <a href="" class="button">Learn More</a>
    </li>
    <li>
        <h2></h2>
        <p></p>
        <a href="" class="button">Learn More</a>
    </li>
</ul>

Take a peek at the readme for more details.

What about Haml, Jade, Slim, or … ?

Well, as it is right now, the project is only catering to the HTML market, but hopefully one of you fine folks out there will fork it and get to work.

Check out the Codes and Video Demo

[Source on GitHub] & [Video Demo]

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