In my last post, I needed to show some njk syntax as a code example, but 11ty kept trying to evaluate the njk instead of displaying it. So, let's look at how I got around this with shortcodes.

This is going to be a short one because the answer is fairly straightforward. I will mention that I did try to replace the percent signs with % but that just printed the html entity code literally.

The solution was to add two shortcodes: lbrace and rbrace. I chose these names because they're the html entity codes for the characters I need. The objective of these shortcodes is to render the brace characters that start and end nunjucks statements.

// .eleventy.js
eleventyConfig.addShortcode("lbrace", function () {
return `{`;

eleventyConfig.addShortcode("rbrace", function () {
return `}`;

Using these shortcodes, we can show an example in a markdown codeblock like this:

{%lbrace%}{ expression }{%rbrace%}
{%lbrace%}% expression %{%rbrace%}

I'm surprised I couldn't find any other way to escape the characters and sure, it's a little inconvenient, but it gets the job done. Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope this helps!