Building menus

Before building menus, we recommend reading the documentation about creating components as it contains many principles about how widgets (components, themes and menus) work on Fliplet.

A menu consist in:

  • CSS and Javascript assets.
  • A build.html handlebars template with the output of the menu

Menus can also specify whether they appear at the top of the HTML (right after the body tag is opened) or at the bottom before the body tag gets closed. This can be configured through the settings.position on the menu.json file as we do on the default menu.


Creating a menu

Use the create-menu command of the CLI to create your menu:

$ fliplet create-menu "my-awesome-menu"

Creating new menu my-awesome-menu to /Users/nicholas/my-awesome-menu
Menu has been successfully created. To run it for development:

$ cd my-awesome-menu
$ fliplet run

Same as for components development, the run command will start the local development tools and a new window of your browser pointing to http://localhost:3000 (or the first open port) should open.


Assets and dependencies for menus follow the same structure as for components, just check the example provided in the generated menu.json file of your theme.

Furthermore, menus only have a build.html output file as they don’t have a configuration interface.


Runtime variables

The build.html output of menus gets compiled with some built-in variables at runtime as follows:

  • canGoBack Boolean - True when the back button should be displayed
  • title String - The title of the current page
  • pages Array - An array of the screens of the menu
  • appVersion String - The current version of the app

Each page in pages will have a label String and a action JSON String with the navigation details. Most likely, this is what you will do in your template:

{{#each pages}}
  <a href="#" data-fl-navigate='{{{action}}}'>{{label}}</li>
{{/each}}

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