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Using the API

Using the API

webhint expose an API allowing the users run webhint inside their code, without using the CLI.

With this API, the users have more control in what to analyze, when, and what to do with the results.

How to use the API

To use the API, the first thing you need to do is import the class Analyzer.

import { Analyzer } from 'hint';

This example is using TypeScript, so you will also need to import some type definitions to enable Intellisense support and a successful build. Any type should be available directly in the hint package. For this case we need UserConfig and AnalyzerResult:

import { UserConfig, AnalyzerResult } from 'hint';

Once you have the class Analyzer, you need to create an instance of the class.

To do so, you need to use the static method create.

const userConfig: UserConfig;
const options: CreateAnalyzerOptions
const webhint = Analyzer.create(userConfig, options);

Analyzer.create will validate the configuration, load all the resources needed, initialize the formatters and return an Analyzer instance.

Now, you can analyze any url you need using webhint.analyze.

const userConfig: UserConfig;
const options: CreateAnalyzerOptions
const webhint = Analyzer.create(userConfig, options);

const analysisOptions: AnalyzerOptions;
const result: AnalyzerResult[] = await webhint.analyze('http://example.com', options);

webhint.analyze receive as a first parameter an Endpoint.

export type Target = {
    url: string | URL;
    content?: string;
};
export type Endpoint = string | URL | Target;

Because webhint.analyze can analyze multiple URLs, the result is AnalyzeResult[] and not only Problem[] or Problem, so the users can know easily for what URL the results are for.

export type AnalyzerResult = {
    url: string;
    problems: Problem[];
};

After the analysis, if the users want to use the formatter configured to show the problems, the users can use webhint.format.

const options: FormatterOptions;
await webhint.format(results[0].problems, options);

Or they can control what to do the problems detected (e.g. ignore hint axe problems).

results.forEach((result) => {
    result.problems.forEach((problem) => {
        // Print everything except axe hint problems.
        if(problem.hintId !== 'axe') {
            console.log(`${problem.hintId} - ${problem.resource} - ${problem.message}`);
        }
    });
});

Examples

Analyze website and print the results manually instead of using ‘format’.

import { Analyzer } from 'hint';

const userConfig = {
    extends: ['web-recommended'],
    formatters: []
};

const webhint = Analyzer.create(userConfig);

const results: AnalyzerResult[] = await webhint.analyze('http://example.com');

results.forEach((result) => {
    console.log(`Result for: ${result.url}`);

    result.problems.forEach((problem) => {
        console.log(`${problem.hintId} - ${problem.resource} - ${problem.message}`);
    });
});

Analyze website and print the results using the formatters in the configuration.

import { Analyzer } from 'hint';

const userConfig = {
    extends: ['web-recommended']
};

const webhint = Analyzer.create(userConfig);

const results: AnalyzerResult[] = await webhint.analyze('http://example.com');

results.forEach((result) => {
    console.log(`Result for: ${result.url}`);

    // Print the result using `formatter-html` and `formatter-summary`
    webhint.format(result.problems);
});