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Static template for pure HTML/CSS/JS

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Tell us how you think we can improve Sandpack

It would be wonderful to have a “static” template that skips all bundling, and renders the HTML/CSS/JS provided.

My usecase: some of my sandpacks are meant to show CSS things. I want to have an HTML file with a <style> tag, so that the user can see the result and poke at the CSS.

I tried to do something similar using the vanilla template, but it seems as though anything added to the <head> of the HTML doc is blown away by the bundler.

Here’s a codesandbox demonstrating the issue:

Packages affected

  • sandpack-client
  • sandpack-react

How would your idea work?

I imagine it could work like the “static” template on CodeSandbox.

Though, one issue: the “static” template on CodeSandbox doesn’t have any sort of hot reloading. You have to save the file to see the results. Sandpack doesn’t have a “save” mechanism, so maybe it could trigger the reload when the user stops typing, with a debounce?

Alternatively: maybe the vanilla template could be updated so that stuff in the <head> is preserved? I don’t mind using a more-sophisticated template, but right now it doesn’t seem possible.

Thanks y’all!

Issue Analytics

  • State:open
  • Created 2 years ago
  • Reactions:28
  • Comments:6 (1 by maintainers)

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yyildizcommented, Nov 16, 2022

Hey there! I just wanted to jump on the back of this discussion and see if @joshwcomeau or others have found a workaround for the time being? It would be pretty amazing to have this feature.

Keep up the amazing work on sandpack y’all, it’s great stuff!


Ivluengocommented, Oct 17, 2022

HII! Is there any update in this matter?? I would love to use Sandpack also for teach some CSS to my students and as @joshwcomeau said,

I want them to see the result and poke at the CSS

Looking forward to it!

¡Thanks a lot!


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