T-Writer.js is a JavaScript native typewriter effect, without compromises or dependencies.Creating a custom typewriter effect can be cumbersome and time consuming. However, most of the libraries out there are either slow, bloated with dependencies, or lacking in functionality.T-Writer.js was designed to provide maximum flexibility and usability, while remaining fast and dependency free.

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T-Writer.js

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Native typewriter effect, without compromises or dependencies.

See a demo for ideas/examples.

Why

Creating a custom typewriter effect can be cumbersome and time consuming. However, most of the libraries out there are either slow, bloated with dependencies, or lacking in functionality.

T-Writer.js was designed to provide maximum flexibility and usability, while remaining fast and dependency free.

Usage

Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Install
  2. Import
  3. Instanciate
  4. Overview
  5. Review Api
  6. Review Options

Install

Using NPM, install T-Writer and save it to your package.json dependencies.

$ npm install t-writer.js --save

Import

Import T-Writer, naming it according to your preference.

import Typewriter from 't-writer.js'

Instanciate

Make as many instances of the Typewriter class as you would like. Upon instantiation, pass in the target element that will contain the typewriter, as well as an options hash.

// target element  <div class="tw"></div>  const target = document.querySelector('.tw')  const options = {   loop: true }  const writer = new Typewriter(target, options)

Overview (how to use)

To create a typewriter effect with T-Writer, you need to:

  1. queue up actions
  2. call the start() method

To queue up actions, use one of the queue methods in the API reference below. You can chain methods together to keep code DRY. See the demo for examples.

Every action returns a promise, guaranteeing that only one action is running at a time. This improves performance, since it eliminates the need to contantly check whether to continue to the next action.

The order of actions is preserved. Simply call start() again to repeat the effect. To clear the queue (effectively wiping the slate clean), use the clearQueue method.

API

Queue Methods:

Other:

type (str)

  • str -> string

Types the string given as an argument.

remove (num)

  • num -> integer

Removes the number of characters given as an argument.

rest (interval)

  • interval -> integer
    • amount of time, in milliseconds

Pauses the writer for the specified period of time.

strings (interval, string1 [, string2, ...])

  • interval -> integer
    • amount of time, in milliseconds
  • string1 -> string
    • a string to be typed out

The writer will type out the first string, then rest for interval amount of time, then type the next string.

clear

Clear out the writer by deleting each character.

This differs from clearText and queueClearText. clear will delete characters one by one, according to the deleteSpeed specified.

then (callback)

  • callback -> function

Invoke the specified callback.

queueClearText

Will queue the clearText action. This differs from clearText and clear. queueClearText will clear the text of the writer instantly, at the specified point in the queue.

queueClearText is the only way to clear the text of the writer instantly while it is running/looping.

changeOps (options)

  • options -> object

Will change the writer's options at the specified point in the queue. These options will persist for all further runs/loops of this particular instance.

removeCursor

Queues a removeCursor action, which will remove the cursor until the next loop.

addCursor

Queues an addCursor action, which will add the cursor back.

Note: if using the animateCursor: 'none' option, addCursor will not take effect.

changeTypeColor (color)

  • color -> string
    • any css color

Changes the color of the typed portion of the writer.

changeCursorColor (color)

  • color -> string
    • any css color

Changes the color of the cursor.

changeTypeClass (className)

  • className -> string

Changes the class attribute on the <span> element that wraps around the text of the writer.

changeCursorClass (className)

  • className -> string

Changes the class attribute on the <span> element that wraps around the cursor.

start

Starts the effect. The writer will go through it's queue of actions.

clearText

Clears all text from the writer instantly. This is not a queued action, therefore, it can only be called once the writer has stopped running.

Since this is not a queued action, clearText will never run if the loop option is set to true. Use queueClearText if you wish to clear the writer during a loop.

clearQueue

Clears the writer's queue, as well as all text in the writer. This is not a queued action, therefore, it will never run if the loop option is set to true.

Options

It is not required to pass in options, as each option comes with a default:

const defaultOptions = {   loop: false,   animateCursor: true,    blinkSpeed: 400,    typeSpeed: 90,   deleteSpeed: 40,    typeSpeedMin: 65,   typeSpeedMax: 115,    deleteSpeedMin: 40,   deleteSpeedMax: 90,    typeClass: 'type-span',   cursorClass: 'cursor-span',    typeColor: 'black',   cursorColor: 'black' }

Explanation of each option follows:

general

loop

Accepts a boolean.

  • true -> the writer will loop through it's actions on repeat
  • false -> the writer will run just one time

animateCursor

Accepts either a boolean, or a string of "none".

  • boolean

    • true -> cursor blinks (according to blinkSpeed)
    • false -> cursor does not blink
  • string

    • "none" -> cursor is not added

blinkSpeed

Accepts an integer.

The time between each blink, given in milliseconds. A lower integer results in a faster blink speed.

typeSpeed

Accepts either an integer, or a string of "random".

  • integer
    • The time between typing a letter and typing the next, given in milliseconds. A lower integer results in a faster type speed.
  • string
    • "random" -> constantly re-evaluates the speed based on the typeSpeedMin and typeSpeedMax. Used for a more 'human' typing effect.

deleteSpeed

Accepts either an integer, or a string of "random".

  • integer
    • The time between deleting a letter and deleting the next, given in milliseconds. A lower integer results in a faster delete speed.
  • string

typeSpeedMin

Accepts an integer.

The minimum type speed, applicable only if using typeSpeed: "random".

typeSpeedMax

Accepts an integer.

The maximum type speed, applicable only if using typeSpeed: "random".

deleteSpeedMin

Accepts an integer.

The minimum delete speed, applicable only if using deleteSpeed: "random".

deleteSpeedMax

Accepts an integer.

The maximum delete speed, applicable only if using deleteSpeed: "random".

typeClass

Accepts a string.

The class given to the <span> element that wraps around the typed portion of the writer. Use this option to specifically style the text of the writer.

cursorClass

Accepts a string.

The class given to the <span> element that wraps around the cursor portion of the writer. Use this option to specifically style the cursor of the writer.

typeColor

Accepts a string of any CSS color (rbg, 'white', etc).

Applies an inline-style to the <span> element that wraps around the text portion of the writer.

cursorColor

Accepts a string of any CSS color (rbg, 'white', etc).

Applies an inline-style to the <span> element that wraps around the cursor portion of the writer.

Browser Support

T-Writer depends on the following browser APIs:

Consequently, it supports the following natively:

  • Chrome 32+
  • Firefox 29+
  • Safari 8+
  • Opera 19+
  • IE 9+ with polyfill
  • iOS Safari 8+
  • Android Browser 4.4.4+

License

MIT. © 2018 Christopher Cavalea


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