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keyboard-manager

3.0.1 • Public • Published

Keyboard Manager

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Small keyboard shortcut management for DOM-based applications.

Installation

npm install keyboard-manager --save

Usage

Keyboard Manager uses a simple queue, processed from newest to oldest, of listener functions to execute keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard event propagation stops when handled, but returning true from the listener will continue propagation to older listeners.

import { Keyboard, stringifyKey, createShortcuts } from "keyboard-manager";
 
const keyboard = new Keyboard();
const shortcut1 = stringifyKey("cmd", "a"); //=> "65 91"
const shortcut2 = stringifyKey("cmd", "up"); //=> "38 91"
 
// Bind event listeners to all combos or specific keys using `createShortcuts`.
keyboard.addListener(
  createShortcuts({
    [shortcut1]: e => e.preventDefault(),
    [shortcut2]: e => e.preventDefault()
  })
);
 
// Attach event listener to document.
window.addEventListener("keydown", keyboard.getHandler(), false);
 
// Mount a keyboard inside another listener.
new Keyboard().addListener(keyboard.getListener());

Stringify Key

The stringifyKey(...keys) function returns a consistent identity string for the keyboard shortcut. Internally, keyboardEventCombo(e) will map keyboard events to the matching string.

Create Shortcuts

The createShortcuts(map [, returnValue]) function accepts a map of keyboard shortcut functions and returns a single listener function for mounting with keyboard.addListener(callback).

Tip: returnValue defaults to true for propagation. Setting to false will stop propagation, effectively creating a new shortcut "scope". This is useful for features, such as full-screen modals or recording keyboard shortcuts, where key presses should not interact with the rest of the document.

Filter Input Event

Wrap any listener in filterInputEvent(callback) to automatically ignore and propagate events originating from an input-like element (<input />, <select />, <textarea /> or content-editable elements).

import {
  stringifyKey,
  createShortcuts,
  filterInputEvent
} from "keyboard-manager";
 
const listener = createShortcuts({
  [stringifyKey("a")]: filterInputEvent(e => e.preventDefault())
});

Combined Shortcuts Pattern

const dispatcher = new Keyboard()
 
// Create two `Keyboard` instances, allowing globally unhandled shortcuts
// to propagate into application shortcuts (i.e. OS-like functionality).
const appKeyboard = new Keyboard()
const globalKeyboard = new Keyboard()
 
// Dispatch order is determined by listeners, recent listeners execute first.
dispatcher.addListener(appKeyboard.getListener())
dispatcher.addListener(globalKeyboard.getListener()))

How?

Keyboard Manager serializes each keydown event to the character (e.key) and modifiers (e.shiftKey, e.ctrlKey, e.altKey, e.metaKey). For example, cmd + a maps to meta a.

Why not use keydown and keyup for infinite key combos?

  1. Mac OS doesn't emit keyup events while cmd is pressed.
  2. The DOM won't receive a keyup event when you lose focus on the window.
  3. Keyboard shortcuts don't need to combine non-modifier characters.

TypeScript

This project is written using TypeScript and publishes the definitions directly to NPM.

License

Apache 2.0

Install

npm i keyboard-manager

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3.0.1

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