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React Spaces

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An easy to understand and nestable layout system, React Spaces allow you to divide a page or container into anchored, scrollable and resizable spaces enabling you to build desktop/mobile type user interfaces in the browser.

Rather than a library of visual UI components, Spaces are intended to be the reusable foundational blocks for laying out a UI which responds neatly to view port resizes leaving you to fill them with whatever components you want.

  • No styling to achieve simple or complex layouts.
  • Spaces know how to behave in relation to each other and resize accordingly.
  • Spaces don't have any visual element to them (even padding or margins). You can fill them with whatever you want.

Version 0.2.0 release - read release notes here.

View full documentation here.

Top level spaces

Used at the top level of all other spaces.

<ViewPort />

This space will take over the full viewport of the browser window. Resizing the browser window will automatically adjust the size of this space and all the nested spaces.

<Fixed />

This space can be given a height and optionally a width (by default it will size to 100% of it's container). All nested spaces will be contained within this fixed size space.

Anchored spaces

These can be used within the top-level spaces <ViewPort /> and <Fixed /> or nested within other spaces.

<Left /> and <Right />

A space anchored to the left or right of the parent container/space. A size can be specified in pixels or as a percentage to determine its width.

<Top /> and <Bottom />

A space anchored to the top or bottom of the parent container/space. A size can be specified in pixels or as a percentage to determine its height.

There are resizable versions of these components called <LeftResizable />, <RightResizable />, <TopResizable /> and <BottomResizable /> which allow the spaces to be resized from the outer edge by dragging with the mouse.


<Fill />

A space which consumes any available area left in the parent container/space taking into account any anchored spaces on every side.

<Positioned />

A space which can be absolutely placed within a parent space either by top, left, width and height or by top, left, right and bottom.

<Layer />

Layers allow you to create layers within a parent space, for example:

	<Layer zIndex="{0}"> <LeftResizable size="20%" /> // floating sidebar </Layer>
	<Layer zIndex="{1}">
		<Fill />

<Centered />

Centres the content of a space horizontally and vertically.

<CenteredVertically />

Centres the content of a space vertically.

Getting started

To get started with React Spaces you need:

npm install react-spaces --save
import * as Spaces from "react-spaces";

View full documentation here.


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