# DOM Utilities

Unlike the rest of Kickstand UI's utilities, DOM utilities are for JavaScript. These utilities are designed to keep your JavaScript/TypeScript clean and easy to read.

# Installation

If you are using the library from the CDN, these methods will automatically be included. If you are using the npm package, you can import them from the kickstand-ui package.

import { $, $$ } from 'kickstand-ui';


The only methods that need to be imported are $ and $$. The others will automatically be included with the library reference.

# $() and $$()

These two methods may look similar to another popular JavaScript library, but these are just a simple abstractions of document.querySelector() ($) and document.querySelectorAll() ($$). There are a few things to be aware of:

  1. If you are using TypeScript, these are generic functions ($<T>() and $$<T>()), so you can pass in the custom element type to get autocomplete features from your editor
  2. Unlike document.querySelectorAll(), $$() function returns an array of elements rather than a NodeList. This is so array functions like map and forEach play nice with the results.
<ks-form id="my_form">
    <ks-form-field label="First Name"></ks-form-field>
    <ks-form-field label="Last Name"></ks-form-field>
    <ks-form-field label="Email" type="email"></ks-form-field>

    const $myForm = $('ks-form'); // returns the first `ks-form` element it finds on the page
    const $myFields = $$('ks-form-field'); // returns all form fields on the page

# Using TypeScript

const $myForm = $<HTMLKsFormElement>('ks-form'); // returns the first `ks-form` element it finds
const $myFields = $$<HTMLKsButtonElement>('ks-form-field'); // returns all form fields


Prefixing your variables with a $ is not necessary, but if you prefix your variables that contain DOM elements with it, it makes it much easier to distinguish them from your other variables.

# .query() and .queryAll()

Similar to the methods above, .query() and .queryAll() use querySelector() and querySelectorAll() respectively, but rather than look through the whole document they look within a selected element. This provides better performance and more accurate results.

So, in order to optimize the example above, we can update the code like this:

const $myForm = $('ks-form');
const $myFields = $myForm.queryAll('ks-form-field');

# Using TypeScript

const $myForm = $<HTMLKsFormElement>('ks-form');
const $myFields = $myForm.queryAll<HTMLKsFormFieldElement>('ks-form-field');

# .on()

The .on() method is an abstraction of addEventListener(). Similarly, this method take 2 parameters: the event and a callback function.

$myForm.on('submitted', () => {
    // do something awesome when the form is submitted

You can also add it directly to an array or node list of elements:

$myFields.on('updated', () => {
    // do something awesome each time any of the field items change