DropdownList

Overview

Shows a single choice made from a pop-up list of choices.

Demo: The user can click the current choice to change it

DropdownList shows a clone of the currently-selected item as the button label.

Generally speaking, DropdownList serves as a customizable form of the standard select element. By permitting any type of content as list items, you can customize the presentation of the choices and current value beyond what's possible in a select:

Demo: DropdownList showing custom elements as choices

Usage

import DropdownList from 'elix/src/DropdownList.js';
const dropdownList = new DropdownList(); // or
const dropdownList = document.createElement('elix-dropdown-list');

In HTML:

<script type="module" src="node_modules/elix/src/DropdownList.js"></script>
<elix-dropdown-list aria-label="Skill level">
  <div>Beginner</div>
  <div>Intermediate</div>
  <div>Expert</div>
</elix-dropdown-list>

API

Ancestry: DropdownList → MenuButtonPopupSourceReactiveElement → HTMLElement

Built with mixins AttributeMarshallingMixin, FocusVisibleMixin, KeyboardMixin, OpenCloseMixin, ReactiveMixin, RenderUpdatesMixin, SelectedItemTextValueMixin, ShadowTemplateMixin, SingleSelectionMixin, and SlotItemsMixin.

By default, this uses these elements in the following roles:

$ property

The collection of references to the elements with IDs in the component's Shadow DOM subtree.

Example: if component's template contains a shadow element <button id="foo">, you can use the reference this.$.foo to obtain the corresponding button in the component instance's shadow tree.

Such references simplify a component's access to its own elements. In exchange, this mixin trades off a one-time cost of querying all elements in the shadow tree instead of paying an ongoing cost to query for an element each time the component wants to inspect or manipulate it.

These shadow element references are established the first time you read the $ property. They are not updated if you subsequently modify the shadow tree yourself (to replace one item with another, to add new items with id attributes, etc.).

Type: object

Defined by ShadowTemplateMixin inherited from ReactiveElement

backdropRole property

The class, tag, or template used for the optional backdrop element behind the overlay.

This can help focus the user's attention on the overlay content. Additionally, a backdrop can be used to absorb clicks on background page elements. For example, Dialog uses ModalBackdrop as an overlay backdrop in such a way.

Type: function|string|HTMLTemplateElement

Default: Backdrop

Inherited from PopupSource

canSelectNext property

True if the selection can be moved to the next item, false if not (the selected item is the last item in the list).

Type: boolean

Defined by SingleSelectionMixin

canSelectPrevious property

True if the selection can be moved to the previous item, false if not (the selected item is the first one in the list).

Type: boolean

Defined by SingleSelectionMixin

close(closeResult) method

Close the component (if not already closed).

Some components like AlertDialog want to indicate why or how they were closed. To support such scenarios, you can supply a value to the optional closeResult parameter. This closeResult will be made available in the whenClosed promise and the state.closeResult member.

Parameters:
  • closeResult: objectan indication of how or why the element closed

Defined by closePromiseKey inherited from PopupSource

closed property

True if the element is currently closed.

Type: boolean

Defined by closePromiseKey inherited from PopupSource

closed event

Raised when the component closes.

Defined by closePromiseKey inherited from PopupSource

closeFinished property

True if the element has completely closed.

For components not using asynchronous open/close effects, this property returns the same value as the closed property. For elements that have a true value of state.openCloseEffects (e.g., elements using TransitionEffectMixin), this property returns true only if state.effect is "close" and state.effectPhase is "after".

Type: boolean

Defined by closePromiseKey inherited from PopupSource

defaultState property

The default state for the component. This can be extended by mixins and classes to provide additional default state.

Type: object

Defined by ReactiveMixin inherited from ReactiveElement

frameRole property

The class, tag, or template used to contain the popup content.

The frame element can be used to provide a border around the popup content, and to provide visual effects such as a drop-shadow to help distinguish popup content from background page elements.

Type: function|string|HTMLTemplateElement

Default: OverlayFrame

Inherited from PopupSource

horizontalAlign property

The alignment of the popup with respect to the source button.

  • start: popup and source are aligned on the leading edge according to the text direction
  • end: popup and source are aligned on the trailing edge according to the text direction
  • left: popup and source are left-aligned
  • right: popup and source are right-aligned
  • `stretch: both left and right edges are aligned

Type: 'start'|'end'|'left'|'right'|'stretch'

Default: 'start'

Inherited from PopupSource

itemCalcs(item, index) method

Returns a set of calculations about the given item that can be derived from the component's current state.

The goal of the itemCalcs step is to ensure that all mixins/classes use a consistent definition for facts about an item that can be derived from component state. By default, itemCalcs includes a member index containing the index of the indicated item. Other mixins/classes can extend the result of itemCalcs to include additional facts.

For example, the SingleSelectionMixin tracks selection at the component level through a state member state.selectedIndex. When rendering a specific item, a component generally wants to know, "Is this specific item the one which is selected?". SingleSelectionMixin does this with a defintion for itemCalcs that looks like this:

itemCalcs(item, index) {
  const base = super.itemCalcs ? super.itemCalcs(item, index) : null;
  return Object.assign({}, base, {
    selected: index === this.selectedIndex
  });
}


This ensures that any other aspect of the component that wants to inspect the selected state of a given item uses a consistent definition for selection.

Parameters:
  • item: Elementthe item being considered
  • index: numberthe item's position in the list

Defined by ContentItemsMixin inherited from SlotItemsMixin

items property

The current set of items drawn from the element's current state.

Defined by ContentItemsMixin inherited from SlotItemsMixin

itemUpdates(item, calcs, original) method

Determine what updates should be applied to an item to reflect the current state, using the format defined by the updates helpers.

By default, this returns an empty object. You should override this method (or use mixins that override this method) to indicate what updates should be applied to the given item during rendering.

Example: AriaListMixin uses code similar to the following to have an item's aria-selected attribute reflect its selection state:

itemUpdates(item, calcs, original) {
  const base = super.itemUpdates ? super.itemUpdates(item, calcs, original) : {};
  return merge(base, {
    attributes: {
      'aria-selected': calcs.selected
    },
  });
}


This code fragment is intended for use with SingleSelectionMixin, which provides the calcs.selected member.

Parameters:
  • item: Elementthe item to be updated
  • calcs: objectper-item calculations derived from element state
  • original: objectthe item's original HTML attributes, classes, and style

Returns: object the DOM updates that should be applied to the item

Defined by ContentItemsMixin inherited from SlotItemsMixin

menu-item-selected event

Raised when the user selects a menu item.

Inherited from MenuButton

menuRole property

The class, tag, or template used to define the menu.

The menu element is responsible for presenting the menu items and handling navigation between them.

Type: function|string|HTMLTemplateElement

Default: Menu

Inherited from MenuButton

open() method

Open the element (if not already opened).

Defined by closePromiseKey inherited from PopupSource

opened property

True if the element is currently closed.

Type: boolean

Defined by closePromiseKey inherited from PopupSource

opened event

Raised when the component opens.

Defined by closePromiseKey inherited from PopupSource

opened-changed event

Raised when the opened/closed state of the component changes.

Defined by closePromiseKey inherited from PopupSource

popupPosition property

The preferred direction for the popup.

  • above: popup should appear above the source
  • below: popup should appear below the source

Type: 'above'|'below'

Default: 'below'

Inherited from PopupSource

popupRole property

The class, tag, or template used to define the popup.

The popup element is responsible for handling overlay behavior.

Type: function|string|HTMLTemplateElement

Default: Popup

Inherited from PopupSource

refineState(state) method

Apply changes to a proposed new state for the component to enforce necessary consistency between state members. See Refining state for details.

Parameters:
  • state: objecta proposed new state for the component

Returns: boolean - true if the state is already acceptable as it is

Defined by ReactiveMixin inherited from ReactiveElement

render() method

Render the component to the DOM.

This method does nothing if the state has not changed since the last render call.

This method invokes all internal render methods. It then invoked componentDidMount (for first render) or componentDidUpdate (for subsequent renders).

Defined by ReactiveMixin inherited from ReactiveElement

selected-index-changed event

Raised when the selectedIndex property changes.

Defined by SingleSelectionMixin

selectedIndex property

The index of the currently-selected item, or -1 if no item is selected.

Type: number

Defined by SingleSelectionMixin

selectedItem property

The currently-selected item, or null if no item is selected.

Type: Element

Defined by SingleSelectionMixin

selectFirst() method

Select the first item in the list.

Returns: Boolean True if the selection changed, false if not.

Defined by SingleSelectionMixin

selectionRequired property

True if the list should always have a selection (if it has items).

Type: boolean

Default: false

Defined by SingleSelectionMixin

selectionWraps property

True if selection navigations wrap from last to first, and vice versa.

Type: boolean

Default: false

Defined by SingleSelectionMixin

selectLast() method

Select the last item in the list.

Returns: Boolean True if the selection changed, false if not.

Defined by SingleSelectionMixin

selectNext() method

Select the next item in the list.

If the list has no selection, the first item will be selected.

Returns: Boolean True if the selection changed, false if not.

Defined by SingleSelectionMixin

selectPrevious() method

Select the previous item in the list.

If the list has no selection, the last item will be selected.

Returns: Boolean True if the selection changed, false if not.

Defined by SingleSelectionMixin

setState(changes) method

Update the component's state by merging the specified changes on top of the existing state. If the component is connected to the document, and the new state has changed, this returns a promise to asynchronously render the component. Otherwise, this returns a resolved promise.

Parameters:
  • changes: objectthe changes to apply to the element's state

Returns: Promise - resolves when the new state has been rendered

Defined by ReactiveMixin inherited from ReactiveElement

shouldComponentUpdate(nextState) method

Return true if the component should update.

The default implementation does a shallow check of property values like React's PureComponent. This seems adequate for most web components. You can override this to always return true (like React's base Component class), or to perform more specific, deeper checks for changes in state.

Parameters:
  • nextState: objectthe proposed new state for the element

Returns: boolean - true if the component should update (rerender)

Defined by ReactiveMixin inherited from ReactiveElement

sourceRole property

The class, tag, or template used for the button (or other element) that will invoke the popup.

Type: function|string|HTMLTemplateElement

Default: 'button'

Inherited from PopupSource

state property

The component's current state. The returned state object is immutable. To update it, invoke setState.

Type: object

Defined by ReactiveMixin inherited from ReactiveElement

suppressFocusVisibility() method

Temporarily suppress visibility of the keyboard focus until the next keydown event.

This can be useful in components like Menu that actively manage where the focus is in response to mouse hover activity. If the user uses the keyboard to invoke a menu, then changes to using the mouse, it can be distracting to see the focus indicator moving as well. In such situations, the component can invoke this method (e.g., in response to mousemove) to temporarily suppress focus visibility.

Defined by focusVisibleChangedListenerKey inherited from PopupSource

symbols.keydown() method

See the symbols documentation for details.

Defined by KeyboardMixin inherited from PopupSource

toggle(opened) method

Toggle the open/close state of the element.

Parameters:
  • opened: booleantrue if the element should be opened, false if closed.

Defined by closePromiseKey inherited from PopupSource

updates property

The attributes and properies that should be applied to the component on render. By default, this is an empty plain object. Your mixin or component can extend this to identify the properties to set on the host element or elements in the shadow subtree.

Type: object

Defined by RenderUpdatesMixin inherited from ReactiveElement

value property

The text content of the selected item.

Setting this value to a string will attempt to select the first list item whose text content match that string. Setting this to a string not matching any list item will result in no selection.

Type: string

Defined by SelectedItemTextValueMixin

valueRole property

The class, tag, or template used to contain the dropdown list's current value.

Type: function|string|HTMLTemplateElement

Default: 'div'

whenClosed() method

This method can be used as an alternative to listening to the "opened-changed" event, particularly in situations where you want to only handle the next time the component is closed.

Returns: Promise A promise that resolves when the element has completely closed, including the completion of any asynchronous opening effect.

Defined by closePromiseKey inherited from PopupSource