X-Chessboard: HTML5 Web Component

HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript

The Fine Art of Web Development by Martin Ivanov

A few months ago I blogged about a fun experiment, explaining the creation of animated 3D chessboard and pieces with CSS3 and UTF characters only. Following my recent excitement and play with HTML5 Web Components I reused the CSS from the example and extended it to a custom tag, which when used as a simple HTML and without any JavaScript:

[sourcecode language=”xml”]
<acidjs-xchessboard id="xchessboard-01" boxsize="64">
    <acidjs-xchessboard-piece data-bind='{"type":"rook", "color":"white", "position": "a1"}’></acidjs-xchessboard-piece>
    <acidjs-xchessboard-piece data-bind='{"type":"knight", "color":"white", "position": "c3"}’></acidjs-xchessboard-piece>
    <acidjs-xchessboard-piece data-bind='{"type":"bishop", "color":"white", "position": "c1"}’></acidjs-xchessboard-piece>
    […]
    <acidjs-xchessboard-piece data-bind='{"type":"pawn", "color":"black", "position": "f7"}’></acidjs-xchessboard-piece>
    <acidjs-xchessboard-piece data-bind='{"type":"pawn", "color":"black", "position": "g7"}’></acidjs-xchessboard-piece>
    <acidjs-xchessboard-piece data-bind='{"type":"pawn", "color":"black", "position": "h5"}’></acidjs-xchessboard-piece>
</acidjs-xchessboard>
[/sourcecode]

Produces this beautiful chessboard:

x-chessboard

Using it, you may define as many pieces as you need, and you can also specify their type, color and position on the board, using the data-bind attribute of the <acidjs-xchessboard-piece></acidjs-xchessboard-piece> tag:

[sourcecode language=”javascript”]
{
    "type":"pawn",
    "color":"black",
    "position": "h5"
}
[/sourcecode]

As usual – here’s the link to the demo, the code and the download, and on my HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript Experiments and Insight website there’s a lot of other stuff that you may find useful.

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