Impress.js Libraries

Impress.js Libraries

The src/lib/*.js files contain library functions. The main difference to plugins is that:

  1. Libraries are closer to the impress.js core than plugins (arguably a subjective metric)
  2. Libraries are common utility functions used by many plugins
  3. Libraries are called synchronously, which is why the event based paradigm that plugins use to communicate isn’t useful.

Plugins can access libraries via the API:

var api;
document.addEventListener( "impress:init", function(event){
    api = event.detail.api;
    api().lib.<libraryName>.<libaryFunction>();
});

…which is equivalent to:

impress().lib.<libraryName>.<libraryFunction>();

Implementing a library

  1. Create a file under src/lib/.

  2. Start with the standard boilerplate documentation, and the (function(document, window){})(); wrapper.

  3. The library should implement a factory function, and make its existence known to impress.js core:

    window.impress.addLibraryFactory( { libName : libraryFactory} );

  4. The library function should return a similar API object as core impress() function does:

    var libraryFactory = function(rootId) { /* implement library functions … */

     var lib = {
         libFunction1: libFunction1,
         libFunction2: libFunction2
     }
     return lib;  };
    
  5. While rarely used, impress.js actually supports multiple presentation root div elements on a single html page. Each of these have their own API object, identified by the root element id attribute:

    impress(“other-root-id”).init();

(The default rootId obviously is "impress".)

Libraries MUST implement this support for multiple root elements as well.

Putting all of the above together, a skeleton library file will look like:

/**
* Example library libName
*
* Henrik Ingo (c) 2016
* MIT License
*/
(function ( document, window ) {
    'use strict';
    // Singleton library variables
    var roots = [];
    var singletonVar = {};
    
    var libraryFactory = function(rootId) {
        if (roots["impress-root-" + rootId]) {
            return roots["impress-root-" + rootId];
        }
        
        // Per root global variables (instance variables?)
        var instanceVar = {};

        // LIBRARY FUNCTIONS
        var libraryFunction1 = function () {
            /* ... */
        };
        
        var libraryFunction2 = function () {
            /* ... */
        };
        
        var lib = {
                libFunction1: libFunction1,
                libFunction2: libFunction2
            }
        roots["impress-root-" + rootId] = lib;
        return lib;
    };
    
    // Let impress core know about the existence of this library
    window.impress.addLibraryFactory( { libName : libraryFactory } );
    
})(document, window);