Transforms CSS-alike text into a React style JSON object

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npm version npm downloads build status coverage Is a helper function to convert various CSS syntaxes into a React style JSON object


This library doesn't perform CSS autoprefixing. Use postcss autoprefixer for that.


```bash $ npm install react-styling ```


This module uses an ES6 feature called template strings which allows you to write multiline strings (finally). You can still use this module with the old ES5 (regular javascript) syntax passing it a regular string, but it's much more convenient for you to just use Babel for ES6 to ES5 conversion (everyone out there does it by the way). ```javascript import React from 'react' import styler from 'react-styling' export default class Page extends React.Component { render() {
return (
<ul style={}>
<li style={}><Link to="login" style={} activeStyle={}>Login</Link></li>
<li style={}><Link to="about" style={} activeStyle={}>About</Link></li>
} } const style = styler ` menu
list-style-type: none
display: inline-block
display         : inline-block
text-decoration : none
color           : #000000
padding         : 0.4em
// notice the ampersand character here:
// this feature is called a "modifier" class 
// (see the "Modifiers" section of this document)
color            : #ffffff
background-color : #000000
// supports comma separated style classes // and further style class extension canstyle, multipleclasses, atonce
font-family : Sans
font-size : 12pt
multipleclasses, atonce
font-size : 8pt
/ multi line comment / .old-school-regular-css-syntax {
box-sizing: border-box;
color: black;
} .scssless {
color: white;
&:hover {
text-decoration: underline;
} curly
bracesfan {
background: none
curly_braces_fan_number_two {
background: transparent
display: inline-block
length: 99999px
// for Radium users @media (min-width: 320px)
width: 100%
background: white
` ``` The example is self-explanatory. The CSS text in the example above will be transformed to this JSON object ```javascript { menu: {
listStyleType: 'none',
display: 'inline-block',
display        : 'inline-block',
textDecoration : 'none',
color          : '#000000',
padding        : '0.4em',
display         : 'inline-block',
textDecoration  : 'none',
color           : '#ffffff',
backgroundColor : '#000000',
padding         : '0.4em'
}, canstyle: {
fontFamily : 'Sans',
fontSize   : '12pt'
}, multiple
classes: {
fontFamily : 'Sans',
fontSize   : '8pt'
}, atonce: {
fontFamily : 'Sans',
fontSize   : '8pt'
}, 'old-school-regular-css-syntax': {
boxSizing: 'border-box',
color: 'black'
}, scss
less: {
color: 'white',
color: 'white',
textDecoration: 'underline'
}, curlybracesfan: {
background: 'none',
background: 'transparent'
}, YAMLfan: {
display: 'inline-block',
length: '99999px'
}, '@media (min-width: 320px)': {
width: '100%',
background: 'white'
} } ``` And that's it. No fancy stuff, it's just what this module does. You can then take this JSON object and use it as you wish. Pay attention to the tabulation as it's required for the whole thing to work properly. If you're one of those people who (for some strange reason) prefer spaces over tabs then you can still use it with spaces. Again, make sure that you keep all your spacing in order. And you can't mix tabs and spaces. You can use your good old pure CSS syntax with curly braces, semicolons and dotted style class names (in this case the leading dots in CSS style class names will be omitted for later JSON object keying convenience). Curly braces are a survival from the dark ages of 80s and the good old C language. Still you are free to use your curly braces for decoration - they'll simply be filtered out. You can also use YAML-alike syntax if you're one of those Python people. You can use both one-line comments and multiline comments.


In the example above the result is a JSON object with a nested tree of CSS style classes. You can flatten it if you like by using import { flat as styler } from 'react-styling' instead of the default import styler from 'react-styling'. The difference is that the flat styler will flatten the CSS style class tree by prefixing all the style class names accordingly. The reason this feature was introduced is that, for example, Radium
would give warnings if a style object contained child style objects. Also, I noticed that React, given a style object containing child style objects, creates irrelevant inline styles, e.g. <span style="color: black; child_style_object_name: [Object object]; background: white"/>: it doesn't break anything, but if some day React starts emitting warnings for that then just start using the flat styler.


In the example above, notice the ampersand before the "current" style class - this feature is optional (you don't need to use it at all), and it means that this style class is a "modifier" and all the style from its parent style class will be included in this style class. In this example, the padding, color, display and text-decoration from the "link" style class will be included in the "current" style class, so it works just like LESS/SASS ampersand. If you opt in to using the "modifiers" feature then you won't need to do manual merging like style="extend({},,". Modifiers, when populated with the parent's styles, will also be populated with all the parent's pseudo-classes (those ones starting with a colon) and media queries (those ones starting with an at). This is done for better and seamless integration with Radium. Modifiers are applied all the way down to the bottom of the style subtree and, therefore, all the child styles are "modified" too. For example, this stylesheet ```javascript original display : inline-block item
border : none
color  : black
color      : white
background : black
``` will be transformed to this style object ```javascript original: { display: 'inline-block', item: {
border : 'none',
color  : 'black'
}, active: {
display: 'inline-block',
border     : 'none',
color      : 'white',
background : 'black'
} } ```

Shorthand style property expansion

A request was made to add shorthand style property expansion feature to this library. The motivation is that when writing a CSS rule like border: 1px solid red in a base class and then overriding it with border-color: blue in some modifier class (like :hover) it's all merged correctly both when :hover is added and when :hover is removed. In React though, style rule update algorythm is not nearly that straightforward and bulletproof, and is in fact a very basic one which results in React not handling shorhand CSS property updates correctly. In these cases a special flavour of react-styling can be used: ```js import { expanded as styler } from 'react-styling' styler ` margin: 10px border: 1px solid red ` ``` Which results in the following style object ```js { marginTop : '10px', marginBottom : '10px', marginLeft : '10px', marginRight : '10px', borderTopWidth: '1px', borderTopStyle: 'solid', borderTopColor: 'red', // etc } ```


There's a (popular) thing called Radium, which allows you to (citation): Browser state styles to support :hover, :focus, and :active Media queries Automatic vendor prefixing Keyframes animation helper You can use react-styling with this Radium library too: write you styles in text, then transform the text using react-styling into a JSON object, and then use that JSON object with Radium. If you opt in to use the "modifiers" feature of this module then you won't have to write style={[style.a, style.a.b]}, you can just write style={style.a.b}. Here is the DroidList example from Radium FAQ rewritten using react-styling. Because first and last are "modifiers" here the :hover pseudo-class will be present inside each of them as well. ```javascript // Notice the use of the "flat" styler as opposed to the default one: // it flattens the nested style object into a shallow style object. import { flat as styler } from 'react-styling' var droids = 'R2-D2', 'C-3PO', 'Huyang', 'Droideka', 'Probe Droid' @Radium class DroidList extends React.Component { render() {
return (
<ul style={style.droids}>
{, index, droids) =>
<li key={index} style={index === 0 ? style.droid_first : index === (droids.length - 1) ? style.droid_last : style.droid}>
} } const style = styler` droids
padding : 0
border-color : black
border-style : solid
border-width : 1px 1px 0 1px
cursor       : pointer
list-style   : none
padding      : 12px
background : #eee
border-radius : 12px 12px 0 0
border-radius : 0 0 12px 12px
border-width  : 1px
` ```


In the examples above, react-styling transforms style text into a JSON object every time a React component is instantiated and then it will reuse that JSON style object for all .render() calls. React component instantiation happens, for example, in a for ... of loop or when a user navigates a page. I guess the penalty on the performance is negligible in this scenario. Yet, if someone wants to play with Babel they can write a Babel plugin (similar to the one they use in Relay) and submit a Pull Request.


After cloning this repo, ensure dependencies are installed by running: ```sh npm install ``` This module is written in ES6 and uses Babel for ES5 transpilation. Widely consumable JavaScript can be produced by running: ```sh npm run build ``` Once npm run build has run, you may import or require() directly from node. After developing, the full test suite can be evaluated by running: ```sh npm test ``` While actively developing, one can use (personally I don't use it) ```sh npm run watch ``` in a terminal. This will watch the file system and run tests automatically whenever you save a js file. When you're ready to test your new functionality on a real project, you can run ```sh npm pack ``` It will build, test and then create a .tgz archive which you can then install in your project folder ```sh npm install module name with version.tar.gz ```