Published Oct 27 2020
While working on a Next.js website I had the need to move a React component to a whole different place in my markup, depending on the size of the screen.
In particular I had a Sidebar component I wanted on the left side of the screen on a big display, but before the content on a smaller display.
Due to the way I organized the HTML markup and the CSS, it was not immediately clear to me how to perform this transition without rewriting a good portion of it.
So I looked at Tailwind to provide me a nice solution.
And this was the way: I added the component twice on the screen, assigning the class
hidden xl:block to the “big screen” part, and
xl:hidden to the snippet for the smaller screens:
<div className="hidden xl:block"> <Sidebar /> </div> ... <div className="xl:hidden"> <Sidebar /> </div>
The drawback of course is that the component is rendered twice, but being this a simple presentational component without logic, it was a compromise I could live with.
I wrote an entire book on this topic 👇