Tutorial: Making Dashboard Dialogs

Making Dashboard Dialogs

Starting with NodeCG 0.7, all dashboard panels are iframes. This was done to provide full code and style encapsulation, eliminating the need for bundle authors to worry about what they are putting into the global scope with their panel. However, because every panel is an iframe, it is not possible for a panel to draw anything outside of its bounding box. This limitation made having dialogs and modals impossible, among other things. To address this, we created a dedicated system for displaying dialogs.

A dialog is defined the same as any other dashboard panel would be in package.json, with an additional dialog: true property.

Opening dialogs

To open a dialog, add a nodecg-dialog attribute to any clickable element on one of your panels. For example, this <paper-button> element will open the edit-total dialog when clicked:

<paper-button id="edit" class="nodecg-configure" nodecg-dialog="edit-total">Edit...</paper-button>

Closing dialogs

By default, a dialog can only be closed by clicking outside of it. Optional confirmation and dismissal buttons can be added via package.json. See the package.json tutorial for information on the dialogButtons property.

When a confirm or dismiss button is pressed, NodeCG will emit a dialog-confirmed or dialog-dismissed event on your dialog's document. For example:

// bundles/my-bundle/dashboard/my-dialog.html
    document.addEventListener('dialog-confirmed', function() {
        // The user pressed the confirm button.

    document.addEventListener('dialog-dismissed', function() {
        // The user pressed the dismiss button.