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JS Context for Tailwind CSS

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tailwindcss-js-context is a plugin for Tailwind CSS that introduces the js directive, a utility that allows you to evaluate JavaScript expressions within your utility classes. This provides a flexible, dynamic approach to defining your styles.

[!WARNING] Syntax change: The value between the brackets in the js directive must now be quoted, due to a breaking change introduced in Tailwind CSS v3.3.6.

❌ js-[content-['1_+_1_=_#{1+1}']]
✅ js-['content-['1_+_1_=_#{1+1}']']
       ^                          ^

See the New syntax explanation section for more information.

Installation

You can install the plugin via npm:

npm install tailwindcss-js-context

Then, include it in your tailwind.config.js:

module.exports = {
  plugins: [
    require('tailwindcss-js-context'),
  ]
}

or if using a custom context object:

module.exports = {
  plugins: [
    require('tailwindcss-js-context')({
      // ...any values, e.g.
      appName: 'My app',
    }),
  ]
}

Usage

The plugin provides a js directive, allowing you to use JavaScript expressions within your utility classes:

Basic Usage

For a simple use case, you can use JavaScript expressions directly in your utility classes with the js directive:

<div class="before:js-['content-['1_+_1_=_#{1+1}']']"></div>

This will output the following content: 1 + 1 = 2

Using Context Values

You can also use values from your context object within your utility classes:

<div class="before:js-['content-['The_app_name_is_#{appName}']']"></div>

This will output the following content: The app name is My app

Built-In Context Values

In addition to any custom values you pass in, the plugin also provides easy access to both the theme and config functions:

<div class="before:js-['content-['fontSize.2xl_===_#{theme('fontSize.2xl')}']']"></div>

This will output the following content: fontSize.2xl === 1.5rem

Please note that all utilities are built at runtime, so in order for a one-off utility to be random or unique, the utility will need to be unique as well. One way to ensure this is the case—when needed—is to pass some sort of custom identifier to properly seed the utility.

Other (mostly random & unrealistic) examples

<!-- Checking equality of values -->
<div class="before:js-['content-['fontSize.2xl_===_#{theme('fontSize.2xl')}']']"></div>

<!-- Displaying all registered config keys -->
<div class="before:js-['content-['the_registered_config_keys_are_#{Object.keys(config()).join(',_')}']']"></div>

<!-- Displaying a random digit using a function from the context object -->
<div class="before:js-['content-['A_random_digit_is_#{randomDigit()}']']"></div>

<!-- Using random colors for text and text shadow, once again using a custom function from the context object -->
<div class="font-semibold text-[--random-color] js-['[--random-color-2:#{randomColor()}]'] js-['[--random-color:#{randomColor()}]'] [text-shadow:1px_2px_0_var(--random-color-2)]">Random_colors_ftw!</div>

<!-- Using random length for text size -->
<div class="text-[length:--random-length] js-['[--random-length:#{randomRange(16,22)}px]']">Random sizes too 🤯</div>

View this example on Tailwind Play

Why use tailwindcss-js-context

tailwindcss-js-context allows you to bring the power of JavaScript directly into your utility classes, enabling dynamic styles based on logic and state. This opens up endless possibilities for reactive design patterns.

This plugin is…

✨ GREAT for providing dynamic styles based on application state or logic 👏🏼

😬 NOT recommended for complex JavaScript expressions or application logic due to performance concerns 👀

New syntax explanation

<!-- ❌ before -->
<div class="before:js-content-['1_+_1_=_#{1+1}']]"></div>

<!-- ✅ after -->
<div class="before:js-['content-['1_+_1_=_#{1+1}']']"></div>

View a similar example on Tailwind Play

The release of Tailwind CSS v3.3.6 (on Dec 4, 2023) introduced breaking changes that made the original syntax of JS for Tailwind CSS incompatible with newer versions of Tailwind CSS.

See tailwindlabs/tailwindcss#13473 for the discussion that led to this new syntax.

This change required a slight tweak to the syntax of the js directive. Instead of js-[...], use js-['...'] (with a quoted value between the brackets) to pass the grouped utilities together as a string.

Versions of Tailwind CSS thereafter (v3.3.6+) are now incompatible with versions of the original unquoted syntax for this plugin (pre-v0.2.0). Update to @latest to ensure compatibility. This new version syntax is reverse-compatible with versions of Tailwind CSS prior to v3.3.6 as well.

Passing the joined strings together as a string allows the Tailwind CSS parser (again, in Tailwind CSS v3.3.6+) to see the value as a valid CSS value and process it as expected.


I hope you find tailwindcss-js-context a valuable addition to your projects. If you have any issues or suggestions, don't hesitate to open an issue or pull request.

If you liked this, you might also like my other Tailwind CSS plugins:

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