Plugins

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Plugins can be attached to an editor to alter its behavior in different ways. Each editor has a "stack" of plugins, which has a specific order, which it runs through when certain hooks are triggered.

Plugins are plain JavaScript objects, containing a set of middleware functions that run for each hook they choose to implement.

Hooks

In addition to the core plugin hooks, when using slate-react there are additional browser-specific event handling hooks, and React-specific rendering hooks available to plugins.

{
decorateNode: Function,
onBeforeInput: Function,
onBlur: Function,
onCopy: Function,
onCut: Function,
onDrop: Function,
onFocus: Function,
onKeyDown: Function,
onKeyUp: Function,
onPaste: Function,
onSelect: Function,
renderEditor: Function,
renderMark: Function,
renderNode: Function,
shouldNodeComponentUpdate: Function,
}

The event hooks have a signature of (event, editor, next)—the event is a React object that you are used to from React's event handlers.

The rendering hooks are just like render props common to other React API's, and receive (props, editor, next). For more information, see the Rendering reference.

decorateNode

Function decorateNode(node: Node, editor: Editor, next: Function) => Array<Decoration>|Void

The decorateNode hook takes a node and returns an array of decorations with marks to be applied to the node when it is rendered.

onBeforeInput

Function onBeforeInput(event: Event, editor: Editor, next: Function) => Boolean

This handler is called right before a string of text is inserted into the contenteditable element.

Make sure to event.preventDefault() if you do not want the default insertion behavior to occur!

onBlur

Function onBlur(event: Event, editor: Editor, next: Function) => Boolean

This handler is called when the editor's contenteditable element is blurred.

onFocus

Function onFocus(event: Event, editor: Editor, next: Function) => Boolean

This handler is called when the editor's contenteditable element is focused.

onCopy

Function onCopy(event: Event, editor: Editor, next: Function) => Boolean

This handler is called when there is a copy event in the editor's contenteditable element.

onCut

Function onCut(event: Event, editor: Editor, next: Function) => Boolean

This handler is equivalent to the onCopy handler.

onDrop

Function onDrop(event: Event, editor: Editor, next: Function) => Boolean

This handler is called when the user drops content into the contenteditable element. The event is already prevented by default, so you must define a value change to have any affect occur.

onKeyDown

Function onKeyDown(event: Event, editor: Editor, next: Function) => Boolean

This handler is called when any key is pressed in the contenteditable element, before any action is taken.

Make sure to event.preventDefault() if you do not want the default insertion behavior to occur!

onKeyUp

Function onKeyUp(event: Event, editor: Editor, next: Function) => Boolean

This handler is called when any key is released in the contenteditable element.

onPaste

Function onPaste(event: Event, editor: Editor, next: Function) => Boolean

This handler is called when the user pastes content into the contenteditable element. The event is already prevented by default, so you must define a value change to have any affect occur.

onSelect

Function onSelect(event: Event, editor: Editor, next: Function) => Boolean

This handler is called whenever the native DOM selection changes.

🤖 This is not Slate's internal selection representation. If you want to get notified when Slate's value.selection changes, use the onChange property of the <Editor>. This handler is instead meant to give you lower-level access to the DOM selection handling, which is not always triggered as you'd expect.

renderEditor

Function renderEditor(props: Object, editor: Editor, next: Function) => ReactNode|Void

The renderEditor property allows you to define higher-order-component-like behavior. It is passed all of the properties of the editor, including props.children. You can then choose to wrap the existing children in any custom elements or proxy the properties however you choose. This can be useful for rendering toolbars, styling the editor, rendering validation, etc. Remember that the renderEditor function has to render props.children for editor's content to render.

renderMark

Function renderMark(props: Object, editor: Editor, next: Function) => ReactNode|Void

Render a Mark with props. The props object contains:

{
attributes: Object,
children: ReactNode,
editor: Editor,
mark: Mark,
marks: Set<Mark>,
node: Node,
offset: Number,
text: String,
}

You must spread the props.attributes onto the top-level DOM node you use to render the mark.

renderNode

Function renderNode(props: Object, editor: Editor, next: Function) => ReactNode|Void

Render a Node with props. The props object contains:

{
attributes: Object,
children: ReactNode,
editor: Editor,
isFocused: Boolean,
isSelected: BOolean,
node: Node,
parent: Node,
readOnly: Boolean,
}

You must spread the props.attributes onto the top-level DOM node you use to render the node.

shouldNodeComponentUpdate

Function shouldNodeComponentUpdate(previousProps: Object, props: Object, editor: Editor, next: Function) => Boolean|Void

If this function returns true, it can force updating the node's component where otherwise it wouldn't for performance.