Image Element - #image {}

The image element produces an HTML image. (an HTML <img> tag).


   #image { image="" }
     %% or 

     #image { id=my_image, image="/path/to/local/image.png" }


  • image (string) - Set the HTML src attribute of the image. This can be either an absolute URL ( or a relative URL (/path/to/image).

  • alt (string) - Set he Alt-text (that is, the alt attribute of the image tag).

To change the path of an image in a postback

  • wf:set(my_image, "/path/to/new/image.png") - will change the image attribute of the #image element with id set to my_image to the provided string.

About Static Root and Relative URLs

If using a relative URL (that is, one not starting with "http://" or "https://"), then it must be understood how relative paths are interpreted in HTML. The final part of any URL after the last slash is considered the "page", the section before the last slash is considered the current directory. So assuming your page is located at http://localhost/my/awesome/webpage, the "page" is "webpage" and its containing directory is "/my/awesome".

Here are a few practical examples using the URL above examples:

  • image set to someimage.png, the browser will request the image from http://localhost/my/awesome/someimage.png.

  • image set to ../otherimage.png, the browser will request the image from http://localhost/my/otherimage.png

  • image set to /images/profile_pic.png, the browser will request the image from http://localhost/images/profile_pic.png. Note how, just like with filesystem directories, preceeding the path with a slash (/) will remove any notion of "relative to the page", and will instead request from the root of the server. (This is the recommended way of referring to images in Nitrogen)

  • image set to images/profile_pic.png, the browser will request the image from http://localhost/my/awesome/images/profile_pic.png. (Note: This is a common typo resulting in a bug.)

By default, Nitrogen has a handful of "static paths", which Nitrogen will then treat as "special", and instead of trying to route the request to a module, instead serves the files directly. By default, these paths are "/images", "/nitrogen", "/css", and "/js", which are then retrieved from the static root on your filesystem as "site/static".

With this said, using the standard configuration, an image requesting a relative path like "/images/user_profiles/profilepic12345.png" will actually serve the image from your Nitrogen installation from "site/static/images/user_profiles/profilepic12345.png"

To customize this for your own application, in Nitrogen 2.3, you can edit the static_paths option in etc/simple_bridge.config, and prior to Nitrogen 2.3, you must edit the server-specific configuration file in etc/ such as etc/cowboy.config. See the configuration docs for more.

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