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Vue.js remove contenteditable attribute in render function

Posted by: admin November 26, 2021 Leave a comment

Questions:

it seems should be a simple solution but something went wrong…

I need to conditionally remove contenteditable attribute from element:

<!-- first state -->
<div contenteditable="true"></div>

<!-- second state -->
<div></div>

I’ve tried:

data() {
    return {
      contenteditable: true,
      title: "Title",
    };
  },
  methods: {
    handleClick() {
      this.contenteditable = null;
      this.title = null;
    },
  },
  render(createElement) {
    const options = {
      attrs: {
        id: "ID",
        title: this.title,
        contenteditable: this.contenteditable,
        // Not working either
        //...(this.contenteditable && { contenteditable: true }),
      },
      domProps: {
        innerHTML: "<p>Test</p>",
      },
      on: {
        click: this.handleClick,
      },
    };

    return createElement("div", options);
  },

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Result is: <div contenteditable="false"></div>, but I need to remove attribute completely. For example title attribute works as expected, it not renders if it’s value was set to null. I’ve also tried to make attrs object fully reactive, like:

data() {
  return {
    attrs: {
      title: 'Title',
      contenteditable: true,
    }
  }
},
methods: {
  handleClick() {
    Vue.delete(this.attrs, 'contenteditable')
    Vue.delete(this.attrs, 'title')
  },
},
render(createElement) {
    const options = {
      attrs: this.attrs,
      domProps: {
        innerHTML: "<p>Test</p>",
      },
      on: {
        click: this.handleClick,
      },
    };

    return createElement("div", options);
  },

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…but with no luck. Any ideas how to solve this?

Thanks!

Answers:

Vue 2 treats the contenteditable attribute as a special case here, it will not remove the attribute if the new attribute value is undefined. This is fixed (or planned) in Vue 3.

You can bypass this behavior and set it with domProps instead:

domProps: {
  contentEditable: this.contenteditable ? 'true' : 'inherit'
}

Here is a demo:

new Vue({
  el: '#app',
  data() {
    return {
      contenteditable: false
    }
  },
  render(h) {
    return h('div', [
      h('button', {
        on: {
          click: () => this.contenteditable = !this.contenteditable
        }
      }, `contenteditable: ${this.contenteditable}`),
      h('div', {
        domProps: {
          contentEditable: this.contenteditable ? 'true' : 'inherit'
        }
      }, 'Text')
    ])
  }
})
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/vue/2.5.17/vue.js"></script>

<div id="app">
</div>

###

Assume that your div is as below

<div id="editable"></div>

then you toggle contenteditable using the below approach

document.getElementById('editable').contentEditable = "true"

OR

document.getElementById('editable').setAttribute('contentEditable',"true")

If you want this div to be contentEditable at the begining then add the above line inside mounted.