Generating a new component

The fastest way to get started with creating a new component is to generate it from the command line. Run the following command to have your new component scaffolded for you:

$ yarn new-package

? SWC package name (i.e. color-area)
? Spectrum CSS package name (i.e. colorarea)

In response to the prompt above, the package name should be the kebab case version of the Spectrum CSS pattern that you are looking to add to the repo. That is, the SpectrumPattern that you want to create should be represented as spectrum-pattern in your response. From here, the command generates a new package for your pattern with the following file structure in the /packages directory:

> spectrum-pattern
   > src/
       index.ts
       SpectrumPattern.ts
       spectrum-pattern.css
       spectrum-config.js
   > test/
       > benchmark/
           basic-test.ts
       spectrum-pattern.test.ts
   > stories/
       spectrum-pattern.stories.ts
   sp-spectrum-pattern.ts
   README.md
   tsconfig.json
   package.json

From here, peek into the package.json file and ensure the "devDependency" of @spectrum-css/spectrumpattern (replacing "spectrumpattern" with the pattern you're implementing, such as "badge" or "tooltip") listed there is of the most current version.

Outside of your new package, you will need to manually add information about your new package to both the tsconfig-all.json file and the bundle package:

Open tsconfig-all.json, find "references", and add an entry for your package ({ "path": "packages/spectrum-pattern" }) alphabetically (replacing "spectrum-pattern" with the pattern you're implementing, such as "action-button" or "progress-bar"). The tsconfig-all.json config is used to build types for the project in parallel with the JS build that is handled outside of tsc. This will ensure that the types for your new package are available throughout the library, include at demonstration and test time.

Include a listing for your package in bundle/elements.ts and bundle/src/index.js. Then, confirm that your new package is already listed in packages/bundle/package.json. The bundle package makes it possible to build demo projects with all of the components from the library registered in a single place, and is also leveraged for ease of component consumption in the documentation site build.

Finally, run yarn in your terminal. This will grab any newly-added packages, as well as to ensure that you have the provided CSS processed for use in your component. You can now see your component in the Storybook, using the command yarn storybook, or test its functionality via yarn test.

The next place to look is in node_modules/@spectrum-css/spectrumpattern/metadata/spectrumpattern.yml. Here, you will find complete Spectrum CSS’s HTML representation of the many states, variants, and capabilities offered by the pattern that you are working with. The content of this file is also found on the Spectrum CSS documentation site under the name of the pattern you’re leveraging. Following this as a guide while you implement this component ensures that you will fulfill the expected features of this pattern.

Now that you have this scaffold as a base, check out these instructions on working with web components in general, and the annotated spectrum-config.js file, which outlines how to translate the Spectrum CSS source into shadow DOM-optimized CSS. You are well on your way to adding a new component package to the project.

If you run into any issues with the instructions above, or the ones linked across this documentation site, please feel free to raise questions or issues on GitHub. You can do this either by creating a brand new issue when it specifically relates to the process of generating a component, or by leaving a comment on an already-created issue for a specific pattern when it concerns bringing that component to life.

Thanks for stopping by. We look forward to your contribution!