HTMLBars compiles Handlebars templates into document fragments rather than string buffers

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HTMLBars is a layer built on top of the Handlebars template compiler.
The goal of HTMLBars is to have a compiler for Handlebars that builds a DOM rather than a String.
This means that helpers can have special behavior based on their context (they know if they are inside an <a> tag, inside an attribute, etc.)
Ultimately, the goal is to have a good data binding setup for Handlebars that can work directly against DOM nodes and doesn't need special tags in the String for the data binding code to work (a major limitation in Ember).
There are also many performance gains in HTMLBars' approach to building DOM vs the HTML-unaware string building approach of Handlebars.
HTMLBars aims to not only ease interacting with data-bound templates, but also to provide it in a secure-by-default way. Thanks to the design of HTMLBars it has both handlebars and HTML awareness, this allows for best practices by default. For example:

ultimately becomes:
var div = document.createElement('div');
div.textContent = fullName; // when fullName changes

In this example, HTMLBars is aware that values set to textContent on a div is treated by the browser as inert text. In other words, in this scenario HTMLBars knows the content is safe, and no escaping is required.
HTML has many interesting contexts, in each HTMLBars aims to do the right thing. This may be, using the correct browser API, sanitizing, or disabling a feature entirely.
Needless to say, we take security very seriously. If there is something we missed, please report via the Ember.js responsible security disclosure system.
TODO: much change. This section will be updated shortly.
Until then, check out for info on how HTMLBars is structured and its approach to efficiently building / emitting DOM.
Building HTMLBars
  1. Ensure that Node.js is installed.
  2. Run npm install to ensure the required dependencies are installed.
  3. Run npm run-script build to build HTMLBars. The builds will be placed in the dist/ directory.
How to Run Tests

Via Ember CLI

  1. Run: ember test --server

Ember CLI is a CI tool, so it will run tests as you change files.

On the console with PhantomJS

  1. Run npm test.

In a browser

  1. Run npm start.
  2. Visit .