Plaintext

Maizzle can automatically create plaintext versions of your HTML emails.

Global

Generate a plaintext version for all your email templates by adding a plaintext key in your config.js:

module.exports = {
  plaintext: true
}

Configuration

You may configure the path and extension of the plaintext file:

module.exports = {
  plaintext: {
    destination: {
      path: 'dist/brand/template.txt',
      extension: 'rxt'
    }
  }
}

Front Matter

Generate a plaintext version for a single Template by enabling it in its Front Matter:

---
plaintext: true
---

<extends src="src/layouts/master.html">
  <block name="template">
    <!-- ... -->
  </block>
</extends>

A .txt file will be output at the same location with the compiled Template.

If you're using the permalink Front Matter key in your Template, Maizzle will output the .txt file at that location:

---
permalink: example/email.html
plaintext: true
---

<extends src="src/layouts/master.html">
  <block name="template">
    <!-- ... -->
  </block>
</extends>

For the Template above, example/email.txt will be generated.

Configuration

By default, the plaintext generator in Maizzle uses most default options from string-strip-html, with this exception:

dumpLinkHrefsNearby: {
  enabled: true
},

This ensures URLs from anchors are actually output in the plaintext version.

You can use a plaintext object in your config.js to overwrite any of the defaults from string-strip-html.

module.exports = {
  plaintext: {
    ignoreTags: [],
    onlyStripTags: [],
    stripTogetherWithTheirContents: ['script', 'style', 'xml'],
    skipHtmlDecoding: false,
    trimOnlySpaces: false,
    dumpLinkHrefsNearby: {
      enabled: false,
      putOnNewLine: false,
      wrapHeads: '',
      wrapTails: ''
    },
    cb: null
  }
}

Front Matter override

Using plaintext: true like in the Front Matter example will override your plaintext config object if you have it defined in config.js like above.

If you need to control string-strip-html options when generating plaintext for a single Template, you need to use enabled: true.

You basically add the options object as shown above, but in Front Matter syntax:

---
plaintext: 
  dumpLinkHrefsNearby:
    enabled: true
    putOnNewLine: true,
    wrapHeads: '['
    wrapTails: ']'
---

<extends src="src/layouts/master.html">
  <block name="template">
    <a href="https://example.com">Click here</a>
  </block>
</extends>

That will output:

Click here

[https://example.com]

Plaintext-only

You can output content only in the plaintext version, with the <plaintext> tag:

---
plaintext: true
---

<extends src="src/layouts/master.html">
  <block name="template">
    This text shows in both the HTML and the plaintext versions.
    <plaintext>This will be output only in the plaintext version</plaintext>
  </block>
</extends>

Use in Node.js

You can render an HTML string to plaintext in your application, with the plaintext() method in Maizzle.

const Maizzle = require('@maizzle/framework')

const html = `<p>your html string</p>`

const {plaintext} = Maizzle.plaintext(html)

// your html string

You can also pass a config object to this method:

const {plaintext} = Maizzle.plaintext(html, {
  plaintext: {
    // string-strip-html options
  }
})

The object that you pass here must contain a plaintext: {} key, as explained in the configuration section above.