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React component to handle keyboard events

React component to handle keyboard events

react-key-handler

React component to handle keyboard events (such as keyup, keydown & keypress).

Installation

$ npm install react-key-handler --save

Usage

You can use react-key-handler library in two flavours:

Higher-order Components

This library includes two similar higher-order components, but with a different puprose:

Higher-order Component Purpose
keyHandler Handles key changes
keyToggleHandler Handles key toggles

Both have the same API and will decorate the given component with a keyValue, code
and keyCode property.

import React from 'react';
import { keyHandler, KEYPRESS } from 'react-key-handler';

function Demo({ keyValue }) {
  return (
    <div>
      {keyValue === 's' && (
        <ol>
          <li>hello</li>
          <li>world</li>
        </ol>
      )}
    </div>
  );
}

export default keyHandler({ keyEventName: KEYPRESS, keyValue: 's' })(Demo);

The prop types of the KeyHandler component are:

Name Type Required Default
keyEventName string no 'keyup' 'keydown', 'keypress' or 'keyup'
keyValue string yes * Any given [KeyboardEvent.key]
code string yes * Any given [KeyboardEvent.code]
keyCode† number yes * Any given [KeyboardEvent.keyCode]

* You should pass at least one of these props.

Note that the keyCode is frequently browser specific and has therefore be set as
deprecated, see MDN for details.

Component

import React from 'react';
import KeyHandler, { KEYPRESS } from 'react-key-handler';

export default class Demo extends React.Component {
  state = { showMenu: false };

  render() {
    const { showMenu } = this.state;

    return (
      <React.Fragment>
        <KeyHandler
          keyEventName={KEYPRESS}
          keyValue="s"
          onKeyHandle={this.toggleMenu}
        />

        {showMenu && (
          <ol>
            <li>hello</li>
            <li>world</li>
          </ol>
        )}
      </React.Fragment>
    );
  },

  toggleMenu = (event) => {
    event.preventDefault();

    this.setState({ showMenu: !this.state.showMenu });
  };
}

The prop types of the KeyHandler component are:

Name Type Required Default
keyEventName string no 'keyup' 'keydown', 'keypress' or 'keyup'
keyValue string yes * Any given [KeyboardEvent.key]
code string yes * Any given [KeyboardEvent.code]
keyCode† number yes * Any given [KeyboardEvent.keyCode]
onKeyHandle function yes Function that is called when they key is handled

* You should pass at least one of these props.

Note that the keyCode is frequently browser specific and has therefore be set as
deprecated, see MDN for details.

Form key handling

This library does not handle key events for form elements such as <input /> and <textarea />.

React does a fine job supporting these already via keyboard events.

Key event names

TODO: explain the differences between the different key events.

keyValue, code and keyCode

The three available key events are

  • keyValue This corresponds to the true value. This is the value of the key pressed
    by the user while taking into considerations the state of modifier keys
    such as the shiftKey as well as the keyboard locale/layout
  • code This corresponds to the physical key on the keyboard (as opposed to the
    character generated by pressing the key). In other words, this property
    returns a value which isn't altered by keyboard layout or the state of
    the modifier keys. The value is a string specific to the key, e.g. 'Digit0'
  • keyCode This is similar to code but numeric and also deprecated.

We recommend you to use the new Web standard [KeyboardEvent.key] or the [KeyboardEvent.code]
over the deprecated [KeyboardEvent.keyCode].

Note that in React key is a reserved property, and thus we use keyValue when referring
to the key property.

Browser support:

There's no need to worry about browser support because internally we normalize
deprecated HTML5 keyValue values and translate from legacy keyCode values,
similar to how React does this for their SyntheticKeyboardEvent.

More information:

[W3C Working Draft].

Development

Setup

$ git clone <this repo>
$ cd react-key-handler
$ npm install

Getting started

To start the server:

$ npm demo

This starts a development server, which will automatically rebuild the demo app as you change files and supports hot module replacement for fast development:

$ open http://localhost:1234

Tests

To run all tests:

$ npm test

Or you can run the linters, unit tests and check for type errors individually:

$ npm run test:lint
$ npm run test:unit
$ npm run test:flow

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