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    This is a project that provides an Angular component to select items from a list in a tag-like manner. You will be able to import the module into your project and add the component in your HTML file.

    View a demo here on the project homepage or here as a Plunk.

    Using the Component

    There are two different components exported from this module: TagSelectComponent and TagSelectTrComponent. TagSelectTrComponent, selector ats-tag-select-tr, uses TemplateRefs in angular to allow the developer who's implementing the component to have full control over the styles. The making of the list of possible tags, selecting tags, and removing tags is all done in the component. But all visual work is done by the implementing developer. Visit this StackBlitz project to view a demo of this in action. The inputs and outputs below marked with an asterisk are on both components in the module.

    Here is a description of the inputs and outputs, as well as how to style the component:


    tagMapping*: This is an object with two attributes, value and display. The value of the those attributes should be the names of the fields for the objects that the people will be selecting.

    So let's say your list of objects that you want the user to select has an id and a name (with possibly other attributes as well). Your tag mapping object should look like this: { value: 'id', display: 'name' }. A list will be built inside the component that shows the possible tags and the selected tags using this mapping.

    tagsToSelect*: The master list of items the user will be able to select. It doesn't matter what attributes the objects in the array have, as long as you pass in a tagMapping object that tells the component which attributes are the important ones.

    tagItemIdentifierPlural: A string (plural) to describe the tags. This means if you pass in nothing, the component will say "Availble Tags" and "Selected Tags". But if you pass in "Classes", it would say "Available Classes" and "Selected Classes".

    tagsSelectedAtStart*: This is an array of the same elements that you passed in for tagsToSelect. These are items that should start out as selected when the component is loaded. It uses the same tagMapping object to find which ones should be selected.

    iconClasses: An object with four attributes: iconPrefix, checkedIconClass, uncheckedIconClass, dynamicallyAddIconClass. They default to the following:

        iconPrefix: 'fa',
        checkedIconClass: 'fa-check-square-o',
        uncheckedIconClass: 'fa-square-o',
        dynamicallyAddIconClass: 'fa-plus',

    The default is to use FontAwesome, but you can use whatever you're using in your app, by passing in the correct icon class names.

    canDynamicallyAdd: A boolean value that determines if the end user can dynamically add a new tag. Defaults to false.


    selectedTagsUpdated*: This output emits a list of items that have been selected. The array is of objects with two attributes, id and value. Use this list to determine what the user has selected.

    dynamicallyAddNewTag: This output emits a string value of the tag that the user wants to dynamically add. Nothing is actually going to be done in the component; you need to add the new item to your list in whatever way you need to. Add it to the tagsToSelect input array, and to the tagsSelectedAtStart array and the selection will be automatically updated. Here's an example of how you can add it to the test:

    // Parent component, parent.component.ts
    addDynamicTag(newTagDisplay: string) {
        this.possibleTags.push({ id: this.possibleTags.length + 1, description: newTagDisplay });
        // this.selectedTags is updated when the component emits an array on selectedTagsUpdated
        this.startingTags = [...this.selectedTags, { id: this.possibleTags.length, description: newTagDisplay }];

    Obviously you may need to call a database function that adds the new item and sets its ID or whatever needs to be done. The component itself, however, will just display the possible tags and the selected tags.

    Styling the Component

    The TagSelectTr component allow you to essentially pass in your own, custom components to display parts of the tag selecting experience. Here's an example of what you may do:

    <ats-tag-select-tr [tagsToSelect]="myPossibleTags" [tagMapping]="myTagMapping" (selectedTagsUpdated)="savedSelectedTags = $event">
        <ng-template let-selectedTags="selectedTags" let-possibleTags="possibleTags" let-fns="fns">
            <app-selected-tag-list [selectedTags]="selectedTags" (emitRemoveTag)="fns.toggleTag($event)"></app-selected-tag-list>
            <app-possible-tag-list (emitTagSelected)="fns.toggleTag($event)" [possibleTags]="possibleTags" [selectedTags]="selectedTags"></app-possible-tag-list>

    The TagSelectTr component provides a context with the following values:

    • tagsSelectedAtStart: this is a copy of the input that is provided
    • possibleTags: this is a copy of the list that the component builds of tags that are possible to select
    • selectedTags: this is a copy of the list that the component builds of selected tags
    • fns: this is an object with a reference to the toggleTag function, which can be called to toggle a tag as selected or not.

    When using the TagSelectComponent, you can overwrite the styles by adding style rules in your app that overwrite the styles on the elements of this component. There are two uls to style: .selected-tag-list and .possible-tag-list. Look in src/app/tag-select/tag-select/tag-select.component.scss to see the styles that are used by default.

    You can overwrite the styles like this:

    ::ng-deep .selected-tag-list li {
        border-color: red !important;

    Not ideal, I know, to throw !important around, and on some rules you may not have to, but you will to change border colors and margins, etc. that are already set.

    * Input/Output is available in both the TagSelectTrComponent and the TagSelectComponent.


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