Helpers: Links


It provides a concise API to generate links. It’s a public method called #link_to, that can be used both in views and templates.

Usage

It accepts two mandatory and one optional arguments. The first is the content of the tag, the second is the path, an the third is a Hash that represents a set of HTML attributes that we may want to specify.

<%= link_to 'Home', '/' %>
<%= link_to 'Profile', routes.profile_path, class: 'btn', title: 'Your profile' %>
<%=
  link_to(routes.profile_path, class: 'avatar', title: 'Your profile') do
    img(src: user.avatar.url)
  end
%>

Output:

<a href="/">Home</a>
<a href="/profile" class="btn" title="Your profile">Profile</a>
<a href="/profile" class="avatar" title="Your profile">
  <img src="/images/avatars/23.png">
</a>

Alternatively, the content can be expressed as a given block.

module Web
  module Views
    module Books
      class Show
        include Web::View

        def look_inside_link
          url = routes.look_inside_book_path(id: book.id)

          link_to url, class: 'book-cover' do
            html.img(src: book.cover_url)
          end
        end
      end
    end
  end
end

Template:

<%= look_inside_link %>

Output:

<a href="/books/1/look_inside" class="book-cover">
  <img src="https://cdn.bookshelf.org/books/1/full.png">
</a>

Security

There are two aspects to consider when we use links in our markup: whitelisted URLs and escaped attributes. Please visit the Markup Escape section for a detailed explanation.