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react-higher-event

Declarative API to listen to events outside of a component

What issues does it solve?

The React synthetic event system doesn’t interact in the same event loop as plain DOM events. This means that listeners attached using addEventListener in your lifecycles hooks will not be in the same phase as the ones you declare using React props.

class MyComponent extends React.Component {
    state = { isOpened: false }

    componentDidMount() {
        document.body.addEventListener('click', this.close)
    }

    componentWillUnmount() {
        document.body.removeEventListener('click', this.close)
    }

    close = () => {
        this.setState({
            isOpened: false,
        })
    }

    open = (event) => {
        event.stopPropagation() // will not stop propagation of native click event to document.body
        this.setState({
            isOpened: true,
        })
    }

    render() {
        return (
            <div>
                <div onClick={this.open}>open</div>
                {this.state.isOpened && <div>{/* some stuff */}</div>}
            </div>
        )
    }
}

ReactHigherEvent solves this issue by using the React event system and making it accessible declaratively anywhere. Just pass your listener as a prop to <ReactHigherEvent>, which you can use as a transparent component wrapper wherever you want in your component tree, and it will work!

Install

$ npm install --save react-higher-event

Import

// ES5/commonJS
var ReactHigherEvent = require('react-higher-event')
// ES6
import { ReactHigherEvent, ReactHigherEventProvider } from 'react-higher-event'

Usage

ReactHigherEventProvider

Put this component at the root of your app so that it can listen to events at the top.

NOTE: You can pass some style/className to ensure it covers the whole document

ReactDOM.render(
    <ReactHigherEventProvider>
        {/* my components */}
    </ReactHigherEventProvider>,
)

This component accepts children, a component property so you can replace the default <div> used, and uses ref forwarding to pass any ref along to the ref prop of the container component that gets rendered.

ReactDOM.render(
    <ReactHigherEventProvider component={CustomThing} ref={handleContainerRef}>
        {/* my components */}
    </ReactHigherEventProvider>,
)

ReactHigherEvent

Use this component where you want to listen to higher events:

<ReactHigherEvent onClick={this.handleGlobalClick}>
    {/* if you want to avoid triggering the “higher event”, you will want to stopPropagating from your component */}
    <div onClick={(event) => event.stopPropagation()}>hello world</div>
</ReactHigherEvent>

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