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    Boolean State Throttle


    You may want to display a top bar header floating fixed on the screen. However on mobile space is limited and there can be a need to hide the header when scrolling down and bringing it back when scrolling up. You might have already seen solutions like Headroom.js or sneakpeek. These often provide far more features than you may want to have, especially if you are working with a framework such as React or maybe Angular. Boolean State Throttle handles the hard logic for you, but doesn't provide full convenience in order to give more control to you. Due to this agnostic design you can use whatever framework or library you want.

    Usage samples

    Boolean state throttle is very convenient to use and gives you the power to handle exceptions!

    1. You provide it a callback that is only called when the state changes.
    2. You provide it a state boolean. This is the current display state of a header (or anything else).
    3. You provide it a value every time you get an event (onscroll).

    You can link it with horizontal scrolling or vertical scrolling. Or maybe you have checkboxes and if 10 checkboxes are checked within 1 second you want to display a message. Boolean State Throttle works for all time depending changes that are based on a numeric value.

    Vanilla ES5 JavaScript sample

    View demo

    (function() {
        var headerElement = document.querySelector('header'),
            notifyElement = document.getElementById('header-is-hidden')
        // this is our boolean state, owned and controlled by this component
        var isHidden = false
        function getScrollY() {
            return (window.pageYOffset !== undefined)
                ? window.pageYOffset
                : (document.documentElement || document.body.parentNode || document.body).scrollTop
        // this function is only triggered when the boolean changes
        // you could optimize render by using requestAnimationFrame; or simply use setState in React
        function updateHeaderState(newState) {
            isHidden = newState
            notifyElement.className = headerElement.className = isHidden ? 'hidden' : ''
        // convenience for you!
        var headerStateTrigger = new BooleanStateThrottle(updateHeaderState)
        function updateScrollValue() {
            var y = getScrollY()
            // one of the reasons to have the logic separate is that you can handle exceptions better!
            if (isHidden && y < 50) {
                // header should always be shown when at the top
            } else {
                // bombard the boolean state throttle
                headerStateTrigger(isHidden, y)
        window.addEventListener('scroll', updateScrollValue, false)

    ReactJS sample

    Code below only has the core logic for displaying and hiding a header; the actual render is up to you.

    var Component = React.createClass({
    /* ... */
        getInitialState: function() {
            return {
                isHeaderHidden: false
        componentDidMount: function() {
            this.headerStateTrigger = new BooleanStateThrottle(this.updateHeaderState)
            window.addEventListener('scroll', this.updateScrollValue)
        componentWillUnmount: function() {
            window.removeEventListener('scroll', this.updateScrollValue)
        updateHeaderState: function(isHeaderHidden) {
            this.setState({ isHeaderHidden: isHeaderHidden })
        updateScrollValue: function() {
            var y = (window.pageYOffset !== undefined)
                ? window.pageYOffset
                : (document.documentElement || document.body.parentNode || document.body).scrollTop
            if (this.state.isHeaderHidden && y < 50) {
                // header should always be shown when at the top
            } else {
                // bombard the boolean state throttle
                this.headerStateTrigger(this.state.isHeaderHidden, y)
    /* ... */


    BooleanStateThrottle takes two arguments: callback function (required) and options object (optional).

    // values shown are the defaults
    var options = {
        // time in ms after which changes are checked for
        interval: 200,
        // how much value can change down until `false` state is triggered
        falseTolerance: 150,
        // how much value can change up until `false` state is triggered
        trueTolerance: 150,
        // tells the initial value
        initialValue: 0


    This utility is compatible with probably everything since Internet Explorer 5 or so.


    npm i boolean-state-throttle

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