Releases

v0.9.0

July 28, 2021

Dynamic responsive properties

Stack is the core of any layout you build, and we want it to be as flexible as possible. Starting with 0.9.0 we are using CSS variables to work with responsive styles, and we've started with Stack component integration. Till now, we've only supported a limited number of values that you could use as gap property because its styles have been predefined in CSS. With the new responsive CSS variables, we're changing gap property to support any numerical value as a multiplier of the base unit token.

This change includes both, regular and responsive properties, which means you can pass any number you want for every viewport size:

With this new approach, we're shipping a couple more features for the Stack component:

  • Grid is finally merged with Stack. Stack.Item now supports size property while all other properties stay the same.
  • Stack now supports responsive wrap property to control flex-wrap manually.
  • Stack.Item now supports responsive order property to control the order of items rendering.

Logical properties for RTL

We've moved away from supporting RTL during build step with a PostCSS plugin and are using CSS logical properties now instead. This takes us one step closer to moving away from CSS build step and using completely native CSS. Additionally, this update helped us improve a handful components and how they render in RTL mode.

Bundle size

We have added size-limit integration to our merge requests which lets us track all the bundle size changes as one of our main metrics. For example, even after introducing all these new features and responsive styles, we have actually reduced our total bundle size by 2kb down to 41kb.

v0.8.0

July 17, 2021

Theming Engine

We're finally releasing out theming engine, including completely typed JS API and CLI to build themes using Arcade design tokens. Writing your theme definition once will build a React component for you that's ready to be imported into your application. Among other features its main highlights are:

  • All theming happens in build time and doesn't affect your runtime performance.
  • Dark mode is supported on the design tokens level. No need to write conditionals in your components.
  • Scoped theming support which makes it easy to use multiple themes in the same application.
  • Theme fragments which define only a part of a theme to save your bundle size

Other improvements

  • Added additional viewport boundaries checks for mobile viewports in Popover.
  • Fixed Popover with triggerType="hover" affecting how other Popovers on the page work.

v0.7.0

June 19, 2021

Arcade demo

For this release we've built our first demo of a page using Arcade. It's aiming to provide a publicly available example of a project setup as well as giving a hint about how building interfaces with Arcade looks like.

Responsive properties API update

We've started supporting more scenarios for responsive development. In this release we're adding another viewport support to differentiate between portrait and landscape tablet modes. This means that our viewport media queries names have been updated accordingly:

To make the components easier to use with 4 viewports available, we're also switching from array notation to an object notation for the responsive properties. Since we use mobile-first approach, you don't have to define values for every viewport manually. For example, you can set the Stack gap to be x2 by default and change to x4 starting with large viewport size.

Other improvements

  • Tabs: Fixed button animation blinking in iOS Safari
  • Popover: Improved keyboard navigation defaults for triggerType="hover"

v0.6.0

June 8, 2021

Rethinking Stack utility

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We've completely rebuilt our Stack component from ground up to cover a huge number of new edge cases. Most of our focus went into improving nested stacks, edge cases for specific components and reducing the number of elements rendered per every stack:

  • Refactored the usage of children removing all unnecessary item wrappers
  • Aligned gap property naming with token names.
  • Added item grow support to divided stack.
  • Improved support for button elements rendered as direct Stack children.
  • Added support for nested Stacks with flex-wrap: nowrap.
  • Added responsive property support for Stack.Item grow.
  • Improved AspectRatio and Card default layout calculations when used in Stack.

We've also tried using the new gap API for flexbox which turned out not so well, due to the limited Safari support and some webkit bugs that have to be fixed first. Once the state of the API becomes more stable, we will immediately migrate to it.

Other improvements

  • Actionable: Added custom tag support with as property.
  • ActionBar: Added large size support.
  • Button: Removed min-width from the text button variant.
  • Container: Added size presets for its max-width.
  • DropdownMenu: Added small gaps between menu items.
  • DropdownMenu: Fixed a bug which sometimes caused dropdown menu stay open after its close was triggerred.
  • Frame: Added support for any padding value as a unit design token multiplier.
  • Link: Added color and underline properties.
  • Switch: Improved keyboard navigation support when used inside Popover and Modal.
  • Tabs: Replaced navigation arrows with fade-out for scrolling tabs on mobile.
  • Tabs: Improved the navigation arrows toggle throttling.

v0.5.0

May 21, 2021

Drawer component

We're adding a new Drawer component to cover the cases Modal and Popover don't support. It works great with 3 different positions support and we ourselves started using it for the documentation navigation on mobile.

Tabs: New variants

Tabs get 2 new variants to support new UI scenarios. borderless is helpful when it's used with parent component that provides its own border already. pills variant is used for less prominent secondary navigation.

Other improvements

  • Dismissible got min-height defined in case it has no content provided.
  • Popover got its keyboard navigation improved when it has no focusable elements in it.
  • Modal and Drawer now support title and subtitle elements to handle accessibility.
  • Overlay now won't close when user tries to close any type of dropdown menu.

v0.4.0

May 9, 2021

Progress component

We release Progress component to the progress status for a task that takes a long time or consists of several steps. In some cases it can be used for other types of context, like displaying the score values etc.

Scrim component

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We're adding Scrim component to let you build nice-looking media cards and display text content on top of them. You can find which position values it supports in the documentation.

Other improvements

  • Added HiddenVisually utility to render test applicable only for screen readers.
  • Removed Menu component in favor of MenuItem composition with existing layout components like Grid or Stack.
  • Added Button text variant that have padding around the text.
  • Removed Link icon support since that can be achieved with Button component now.
  • Add inherit color support for the TextField to use them on any background.
  • Added backgroundColor, borderColor, borderRadius and overflow for the Frame utility.
  • Improved focus trap functionality for components like Modal and Popover.
  • Added a color property for Icon when you want to override a color coming from the parent element.
  • Added an internal Portal utility that helps with managing z-index values of the components.

v0.3.0

April 24, 2021

Tabs component

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We release Tabs component to let you organise navigation between multiple pages or content sections. Its compound components approach lets you easily build custom tab panels or add animation to them, and it's responsive out-of-the-box. Read more about it in its documentation.

Dropdown menu component

We're adding a DropdownMenu component built on top of Popover to simplify the process of building action menus. It works with a similar API as Popover does, however it encapsulates some of its logic, which means you don't have to pass all the right props and aria attributes to Popover manually. Read more about it in its documentation.

Other improvements

  • Popover, Tooltip: Improved the usage of accessibility attributes on their trigger and content components
  • Popover: Separated trapFocusMode and navigationMode into separate properties
  • Menu: Adjusted the gap size between an icon and content in the small Menu.Item
  • Actionable: Added a flag to apply the focus ring inside the element boundaries to make it work better with overflow: hidden parents
  • Dismissible: Simplified properties API
  • AspectRatio: Added default size styles for the img elements used inside it
  • Color design tokens: Simplified the usage of color tokens that include state

v0.2.0

April 8, 2021

Arcade hooks

We have published and documented 6 hooks provided by the library. Together with our utility components they should close the gaps and let you build custom components using the Arcade context data:

  • useElementId to generate ids for DOM elements.
  • useFormControl to inherit values from the FormControl utility in your custom-built form fields.
  • useRTL to control the direction of the content flow
  • useScrollLock to lock and unlock page scrolling.
  • useThemeMode to switch between light and dark mode of the used theme.
  • useToggle for toggling states on and off.

Other improvements

  • Frame utility is now exposed from the library
  • Badge component received an additional wrapper support for handling Badge position and display

v0.1.0

March 30, 2021

After a year in the making, the first release of the Arcade is now available for everyone to use. We're starting by releasing v0.1.0 with 31 components, utilities and their documentation. If you're just starting with the library, start with the Overview page from the menu on the left. We hope you enjoy using Arcade and are already looking forward to get the next release out of the door! 🕹️