Tailwind

Chat

Create a custom chat feed or AI prompt interface using features provided by Skeleton and Tailwind.

Page Source

Demo

Jane

Yesterday @ 2:30pm

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Michael

Yesterday @ 2:45pm

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Jane

Yesterday @ 2:50pm

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Michael

Yesterday @ 2:52pm

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If you wish to review the source for the complete example above, please tap the Page Source button near the top of the page. We'll cover each core principle in the sections below.

Layout Columns

We recommend using Tailwind's grid column utility classes to define horizontal columns for your layout.

(nav)
(feed)
(online)
(nav)
(feed)

Layout Rows

We recommend using Tailwind's grid row utility classes to define vertical layout rows for your layout.

(search)
(list)
(footer)

(feed)

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(prompt)

Message Feed

Within our feed element, we'll generate a feed of messages. Note that we'll replace the pre tags in the next section.

host: {
  "id": 0,
  "host": true,
  "avatar": 48,
  "name": "Jane",
  "timestamp": "Yesterday @ 2:30pm",
  "message": "Eum modi doloremque voluptatibus possimus eos. Aperiam ex possimus doloremque velit illo laudantium voluptatem nobis. Nesciunt expedita possimus cum numquam.",
  "color": "variant-soft-primary"
}
guest: {
  "id": 1,
  "host": false,
  "avatar": 14,
  "name": "Michael",
  "timestamp": "Yesterday @ 2:45pm",
  "message": "Eum modi doloremque voluptatibus possimus eos. Aperiam ex possimus doloremque velit illo laudantium voluptatem nobis. Nesciunt expedita possimus cum numquam.",
  "color": "variant-soft-primary"
}

Message Bubbles

By mixing Skeleton features with Tailwind styling, we can provided message bubble interfaces for each type of feed post.

Jane

Yesterday @ 2:30pm

Eum modi doloremque voluptatibus possimus eos. Aperiam ex possimus doloremque velit illo laudantium voluptatem nobis. Nesciunt expedita possimus cum numquam.

Michael

Yesterday @ 2:45pm

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Prompt

We can utilize a Skeleton Input Group to create a custom text prompt.


Scroll to Bottom

Chat windows typically remain fixed at the bottom of the scrollable pane. This can be triggered on page load and when a new message is added.

Use bind:this to bind your scrollable feed element.

typescript
let elemChat: HTMLElement;
html
<div bind:this={elemChat} class="overflow-y-auto">(chat)</div>

Then use Javascript's scrollTo method to scroll the binded element to the bottom on demand. You may also set smooth scrolling via behavior: 'smooth'.

typescript
function scrollChatBottom(behavior?: ScrollBehavior): void {
	elemChat.scrollTo({ top: elemChat.scrollHeight, behavior });
}

Add a Message

Below we'll cover how to append the message feed with a new message from the host user.

Per our above examples, we'll use the same messageFeed data structure.

typescript
let messageFeed = [ /* ...*/ ];

Then bind to the textarea for your prompt in order to capture any message typed by the user.

typescript
let currentMessage = '';
html
<textarea
	bind:value={currentMessage} name="prompt" id="prompt"
	placeholder="Write a message..."
/>

Here's an example of how we might append a new message to the messageFeed array.

typescript
function addMessage(): void {
	const newMessage = {
		id: messageFeed.length,
		host: true,
		avatar: 48,
		name: 'Jane',
		timestamp: new date(),
		message: currentMessage,
		color: 'variant-soft-primary'
	};
	// Append the new message to the message feed
	messageFeed = [...messageFeed, newMessage];
	// Clear the textarea message
	currentMessage = '';
	// Smoothly scroll to the bottom of the feed
	setTimeout(() => { scrollChatBottom('smooth'); }, 0);
}

This can be triggered when the prompt's SEND button is clicked.

html
<button ... on:click={addMessage}>Send</button>