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Set timeout to focus input after DOM rendering #2163

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vanesa commented Feb 5, 2019

This fixes #631 for Safari and Firefox, where opening the command pallet scrolled the page to the bottom. This was caused by setting the autofocus attribute on the input element. The input was not yet rendered into the DOM because of it being inside a popover, which lead to the unintended scroll. Chrome accepts passing in the parameter preventScroll: true (introduced in this PR: #1767). However, this is not compatible with Safari or Firefox:


Manually focus the rendered input element after the popover has opened by setting a timeout to wait for the input to be rendered in the DOM. This is a workaround solution as the library we use Popper.js doesn't support callbacks to get notified when the popover has finished rendering. There was an issue about it on GitHub (FezVrasta/popper.js#412) but they didn't implement it.

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@vanesa vanesa force-pushed the vo/fix-command-palette-fx-saf branch from 2ce336f to 9bc1835 Feb 8, 2019


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shared/src/commandPalette/CommandList.tsx 31.66% <0%> (-0.54%) ⬇️
@@ -82,6 +84,11 @@ export class CommandList extends React.PureComponent<Props, State> {
.subscribe(contributions => this.setState({ contributions }))

// Only focus input after it has been rendered in the DOM
setTimeout(() => {

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lguychard Feb 8, 2019


Can you add a comment mentioning that this is needed for FF/Safari? Otherwise the next person reading this code might think that this is redundant with preventScroll.

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vanesa Feb 8, 2019

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Good call! Will do.

@vanesa vanesa merged commit 89a594f into master Feb 8, 2019

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