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gregrperkins avatar gregrperkins commented on February 28, 2024


Similar to how closure's soy templates do this, it might be useful to retain the whitespace in this instance, where the space is clearly between two elements on a single line.

However, seems ideal to delete all whitespace if the elements are on separate lines, so that:

return <div>

would still be equivalent to <div>{this.props.greeting}{}</div> with no space in between.

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bankyadam avatar bankyadam commented on February 28, 2024

Ugly, but I use the following until a fix:

var SPACE = ' ';
var MyComponent = React.createClass({
    render: function() {
        return (

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benjamn avatar benjamn commented on February 28, 2024

@adambrunner yep, that's the only way right now (though I use {' '} directly, myself). This is definitely something we want to fix.

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syranide avatar syranide commented on February 28, 2024

I'm currently looking into amending this and have done some experimentation with good results.

My current implementation basically removes all whitespace that is broken by a newline, and after that all remaining whitespace is collapsed into a single space (and it properly retains whitespace in the produced code).

Basically code can be arbitrarily spread over multiple lines without whitespace being produced, and any explicit whitespace within a line produces a single space (i.e, <div> </div> keeps the whitespace).

"# #"      =>  "# #"
"# \n #"   =>  "##"
"# S #"    =>  "# S #"
"# S\n #"  =>  "# S#"
"S # S"    =>  "S # S"
"S S"      =>  "S S"
"S \n S"   =>  "SS"

# is <tag> and {code}, S is text

To me the output of my current rules seem intuitive, except for the last one, it seems like it should produce a whitespace in the middle (or perhaps not?), and that would be easy to fix. But, are there other things to consider perhaps? Is this change to the implementation acceptable or is remaining 100% compatible more important now?

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sophiebits avatar sophiebits commented on February 28, 2024

I agree that those all seem pretty reasonable except the last one. I wouldn't personally find keeping newlines between two tags helpful, though it's at least worth considering because removing it is inconsistent with HTML.

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syranide avatar syranide commented on February 28, 2024

I'm personally perhaps kind of biased in this as I've always run a preprocessor similar to this over all my HTML, because whitespace would otherwise creep in everywhere causing unwanted spacing to appear "randomly". I personally don't know why anyone would ever want to have a newline translate into whitespace.

To be consistent with HTML all whitespace would have to be kept as-is (CSS white-space: pre, etc), but if you ever want that behavior then {' x '} seems like a reasonable solution to me.

Here's an intentionally horrible example along with the code it currently produces with my patch, note that now "S \n S" => "S S".

    <div>    x 
        <span alt="color: #000000" x={123 + 1}></span>w{'awd2'}  {'awd3'}





         z    {'awd4'} 

         w   w   

With my fix it produces the following code:
(I intentionally mirror the structure/newlines of the original code, this can be removed if needed)

Thought... perhaps the whitespace between the two w's should be kept as-is, i.e, produce "w<3 spaces>w" and not just "w<1 space>w", seeing as it is probably intentional, as well as for z {'awd4'}. This would be very simple to fix as well.

=> " xwawd2 awd3o lawd7awd6z awd4w wawd5x"

    React.DOM.div(null,     " x", 
        React.DOM.span( {alt:"color: #000000", x:123 + 1}),"w",'awd2',  " ",  'awd3',

        "o "+




         "z ",    'awd4', 

         "w w",   

This is what JSXTransformer currently produces:
(A lot of, in my opinion, unintended whitespace resulting from newlines as well as "awd2" and "awd3" NOT being separated by whitespace as one would perhaps expect.)

=> " x wawd2awd3 o l awd7awd6 z awd4 w w awd5 x "

    React.DOM.div(null,     " x " ,
        React.DOM.span( {alt:"color: #000000", x:123 + 1}),"w",'awd2',  'awd3',
        " o "+
            "l ",

         " z ",    'awd4', 
         " w   w "   ,
         " x "

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petehunt avatar petehunt commented on February 28, 2024

cc @jeffmo

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gregrperkins avatar gregrperkins commented on February 28, 2024

I like where this is going, and agree with your proposed next step: whitespace that does not contain a newline should not be collapsed.

Hopefully since react is not at 1.0 yet, this would still within the range of acceptable compatibility breakages, given a proper writeup in the docs.

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jeffmo avatar jeffmo commented on February 28, 2024

I think I'm onboard with this conceptually. I think this set of rules is, at least, the most intuitive we've come up with thus far. Sounds like everyone else is on board too, so lets do it.

(man, whitespace is a bitch...)

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syranide avatar syranide commented on February 28, 2024

FYI, pull request and more detailed information available at #480

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petehunt avatar petehunt commented on February 28, 2024

Is this something we could provide a codemod/recast script for?

When we tweaked this.props.children from always being an array to sometimes being an array it was a huge headache for IG since every callsite had to be manually tested. I want to make sure we don't have to test every callsite and look at whitespace to be sure.

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sophiebits avatar sophiebits commented on February 28, 2024

Fixed by #480.

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