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express-url-breadcrumb

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express-url-breadcrumb

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Generates a breadcrumb array from the current URL and exposes to views via a breadcrumb variable.

Very useful when you need to generate SEO friendly breadcrumbs as shown below:

Installation

npm install --save express-url-breadcrumb

Usage

Add the module to your server application and attach to express.

var breadcrumb = require('express-url-breadcrumb');
 
// use for every request  
app.use(breadcrumb());
 
// alternatively, add to a specific route
app.get('/snickers-workwear/snickers-trousers/snickers-3211-craftsmen-trousers', breadcrumb(), function(req, res){
    res.render('product-detail');
});

Optionally pass a modifier function to the constructor:

// use for every request  
app.use(breadcrumb(function(item, index) {
    // convert each breadcrumb label to upper case
    item.label = item.label.toUpperCase();
}));

View Template

The example below demonstrates how to render a SEO friendly breadcrumb using a handlebars.js template. Notice the breadcrumb variable has not been passed in, it's already available to all views.

<ol class="breadcrumb">
    {{#each breadcrumb}}
        {{#unless @last}}
            <li itemscope itemtype="http://data-vocabulary.org/Breadcrumb">
                <a href="{{this.url}}" itemprop="url">
                    <span itemprop="title">{{this.label}}</span>
                </a>
            </li>
        {{else}}
            <li>
                <span>{{this.label}}</span>
            </li>
        {{/unless}}
    {{/each}}
</ol>

HTML Output

<ol class="breadcrumb">
    <li itemscope="" itemtype="http://data-vocabulary.org/Breadcrumb">
        <a href="http://mammothworkwear.com" itemprop="url">
            <span itemprop="title">Home</span>
        </a>
    </li>
    <li itemscope="" itemtype="http://data-vocabulary.org/Breadcrumb">
        <a href="http://mammothworkwear.com/snickers-workwear" itemprop="url">
            <span itemprop="title">Snickers Workwear</span>
        </a>
    </li>
    <li itemscope="" itemtype="http://data-vocabulary.org/Breadcrumb">
        <a href="http://mammothworkwear.com/snickers-workwear/snickers-trousers" itemprop="url">
            <span itemprop="title">Snickers Trousers</span>
        </a>
    </li>
    <li>
        <span>Snickers 3211 Craftsmen Trousers</span>
    </li>
</ol>

The breadcrumb variable is an Array of objects. To give you an idea of its structure, here is a version created manually:

  var breadcrumb = [];
  
  breadcrumb.push({ label: 'Home', url: 'http://mammothworkwear.com' });
  breadcrumb.push({ label: 'Snickers Workwear', url: 'http://mammothworkwear.com/snickers-workwear' });
  breadcrumb.push({ label: 'Snickers Trousers', url: 'http://mammothworkwear.com/snickers-workwear/snickers-trousers' });
  breadcrumb.push({ label: 'Snickers 3211 Craftsmen Trousers', url: 'http://mammothworkwear.com/snickers-workwear/snickers-trousers/snickers-3211-craftsmen-trousers' });

Each item in the breadcrumb array has a .url and a .label property.

Tests

You can run unit tests using:

npm test

You can also request code coverage information using:

npm test --coverage

License

ISC License © 2016 John Doherty

Install

npm i express-url-breadcrumb

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