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    Build regular DOM elements using JSX

    With dom-chef, you can use Babel or TypeScript to transform JSX into plain old DOM elements, without using the unsafe innerHTML or clumsy document.createElement calls.

    It supports everything you expect from JSX, including:

    If something isn't supported (or doesn't work as well as it does in React) please open an issue!


    $ npm install dom-chef


    Make sure to use a JSX transpiler, set JSX pragma to h and optionally the pragmaFrag to DocumentFragment if you need fragment support.

    // babel.config.js
    const plugins = [
    			pragma: 'h',
    			pragmaFrag: 'DocumentFragment',
    // ...
    import {h} from 'dom-chef';
    const handleClick = e => {
    	// <a> was clicked
    const el = (
    	<div class="header">
    		<a href="#" class="link" onClick={handleClick}>

    Alternative usage

    You can avoid configuring your JSX compiler by just letting it default to React and exporting the React object:

    import React from 'dom-chef';

    This has the advantage of enabling Fragment support with the TypeScript compiler, if you're using it compile JSX without Babel. Related issue:

    TS17016: JSX fragment is not supported when using --jsxFactory


    Set classes

    const el = <span class="a b c">Text</span>;
    // or use `className` alias
    const el = <span className="a b c">Text</span>;

    Inline styles

    const el = <div style={{padding: 10, background: '#000'}} />;

    Inline event listeners

    const handleClick = e => {
    	// <span> was clicked
    const el = <span onClick={handleClick}>Text</span>;

    This is equivalent to: span.addEventListener('click', handleClick)

    Nested elements

    const title = <h1>Hello World</h1>;
    const body = <p>Post body</p>;
    const post = (
    	<div class="post">

    Set innerHTML

    const dangerousHTML = '<script>alert();</script>';
    const wannaCry = <div dangerouslySetInnerHTML={{__html: dangerousHTML}} />;

    Render SVG

    Note: Due to the way dom-chef works, tags <a>, <audio>, <canvas>, <iframe>, <script> and <video> aren't supported inside <svg> tag.

    const el = (
    	<svg width={400} height={400}>
    		<text x={100} y={100}>

    Use functions

    If element names start with an uppercase letter, dom-chef will consider them as element-returning functions:

    function Title() {
    	const title = document.createElement('h1');
    	return title;
    const el = <Title className="red">La Divina Commedia</Title>;
    // <h1 class="Heading red">La Divina Commedia</h1>

    This makes JSX also a great way to apply multiple attributes and content at once:

    const BaseIcon = () => document.querySelector('svg.icon').cloneNode(true);
    	<BaseIcon width="16" title="Starry Day" className="margin-0" />

    To improve compatibility with React components, dom-chef will pass the function's defaultProps property to itself (if present). Note that specifying attributes won't override those defaults, but instead set them on the resulting element:

    function AlertIcon(props) {
    	return <svg width={props.size} className={props.className} />
    AlertIcon.defaultProps = {
    	className: 'icon icon-alert'
    	size: 16,
    const el = <AlertIcon className="margin-0" size={32} />;
    // <svg width="16" class="icon icon-alert margin-0" size="32" />


    MIT © Vadim Demedes


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