Themes is a JSON structure that promotes the various color themes defined in an application. It applies real colors to the context colors specified in the app's Schema. It defines one or more "named" themes through it's sub-structure (one for each theme).

Themes represent the second essential parameter supplied to initTwThemes() (the other is Schema).

Structure Example:

// using the following Schema:
Schema: ['primaryLight', 'primary', 'primaryDark', 'secondary', 'onLight', 'onDark', ['error']]

Themes: {
  'Emerald': {
    `clientProps`: `clientValues`,
    contextColors: {
      'primaryLight': 'emerald-300',
      'primary':      'emerald-500',
      'primaryDark':  'emerald-900',
      'secondary':    'red-500',
      'onLight':      'black',
      'onDark':       'white',
      'error':        'red',
  'Amber': {
    `clientProps`: `clientValues`,
    contextColors: {
      'primaryLight': 'amber-300',
      'primary':      'amber-500',
      'primaryDark':  'amber-900',
      'secondary':    'indigo-500',
      'onLight':      'black',
      'onDark':       'white',
      'error':        'red',
  ... more - snip snip
  • Each "named" theme is defined through a sub-structure, keyed by the themeName which is referenced in activateTheme(). The example above has two themeNames: Emerald and Amber.

  • The sub-structure contains the following fields:

    • Each theme may contain any number of clientProps which is totally defined/used by the client application. As an example, you may wish to promote a desc in your theme selection UI control.

    • Each theme must define the contextColors property, which is a structure that maps all the Context Colors (of the Schema) to realColors.

      • ALL Context Colors (defined in the Schema) must be supplied.

      • The realColor can be on of the following:

        • A tailwind color name (found in the 'tailwindcss/colors' import). This represents a given color with all it's numeric shades. This is the only option for schema-defined shaded context colors (because tailwind is the only supported source for shaded colors).

          EX: 'red'

        • A tailwind color name suffixed with a shade. This represents a single color, and can be used for a schema-defined non-shaded context color.

          EX: 'emerald-900'

        • A custom color as represented by a CSS compatible color definition (hex colors, rgb() refs, etc.). This represents a single color, and can be used for a schema-defined non-shaded context color.

          EX: '#8050c8'

          EX: 'rgb(128, 80, 200)'

          NOTE: You typically cannot use CSS color names (ex: 'red') because they routinely clash with the tailwind color names (which takes precedence). As a result, if you specify 'red' it will be referencing the tailwind definition (not the CSS keyword). Most tailwind color names are shaded, which may be a source of confusion on some errors you may receive. For example:

          Error: initTwThemes() parameter violation: 
                 theme: 'My Best Theme' contextColor: 'primaryDark' realColor: 'red' 
                 invalid realColor: 
                   references multiple tailwind shaded colors (without a dash -),
                   but the schema requires a single-color non-shaded context color (with a dash)

Best Practice: As a general rule it is better to base your colors off of the tailwind color pallet, for the following reasons:

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