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Conditionals

Conditionals provide control flow to a language which is otherwise static, providing conditional imports, mixins, functions, and more. The examples below are simply examples, and not recommended :)

if / else if / else

The if conditional works as you would expect, simply accepting an expression, evaluating the following block when true. Along with if are the typical else if and else tokens, acting as fallbacks.

The example below would conditionally overload the padding property, swapping it for margin.

overload-padding = true

if overload-padding
  padding(y, x)
    margin y x

body
  padding 5px 10px

Another example:

box(x, y, margin = false)
  padding y x
  if margin
    margin y x

body
  box(5px, 10px, true)

Another box() helper:

box(x, y, margin-only = false)
  if margin-only
    margin y x
  else
    padding y x

unless

For users familiar with the Ruby programming language, we have the unless conditional. It’s basically the opposite of if—essentially if (!(expr)).

In the example below, if disable-padding-override is undefined or false, padding will be overridden, displaying margin instead. But if it’s true, padding will continue outputting padding 5px 10px as expected.

 disable-padding-override = true

 unless disable-padding-override is defined and disable-padding-override
   padding(x, y)
     margin y x

 body
   padding 5px 10px

Postfix Conditionals

Stylus supports postfix conditionals. This means that if and unless act as operators; they evaluate the left-hand operand when the right-hand expression is truthy.

For example let's define negative() to perform some basic type checking. Below we use block-style conditionals:

  negative(n)
    unless n is a 'unit'
      error('invalid number')
    if n < 0
      yes
    else
      no

Next, we utilize postfix conditionals to keep our function terse.

  negative(n)
    error('invalid number') unless n is a 'unit'
    return yes if n < 0
    no

Of course, we could take this further. For example, we could write n < 0 ? yes : no, or simply stick with booleans: n < 0.

Postfix conditionals may be applied to most single-line statements. For example, @import, @charset, mixins—and of course, properties as shown below:

  pad(types = margin padding, n = 5px)
    padding unit(n, px) if padding in types
    margin unit(n, px) if margin in types

  body
    pad()

  body
    pad(margin)

  body
    apply-mixins = true
    pad(padding, 10) if apply-mixins

yielding:

  body {
    padding: 5px;
    margin: 5px;
  }
  body {
    margin: 5px;
  }
  body {
    padding: 10px;
  }
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