h5p-react

This package provides two React components that you can use to display H5P players and editors in React applications without having to worry about the details of setting up H5P, loading scripts and styles etc. They are simple wrappers around the h5p-webcomponents package that allow you to use the Web Components in a native React style (passing in props) without having to register native event handlers etc.

The components only work in conjunction with a custom H5P server (e.g. one using @lumieducation/h5p-server) that provides endpoints that do these things:

  • get the required data about content (one for playing, one for editing)

  • save content created in the editor

  • serve all AJAX endpoints required by the H5P core

It is recommended to checkout the rest example that uses @lumieducation/h5p-server to see how the component can be used in an application.

If you are looking for a solution to get the H5P player working without any server-side components, you should check out h5p-standalone by Tunapanda.

Browser support

The components deliberately avoid using component libraries like Polymer in order to reduce the number of third party dependencies of your project. However, this also means that your users need to use a browser that supports all the web component features used in this library (ES6 classes, window.customElements and custom HTML templates).

As of December 2020 all major browsers that are still supported by their vendors will work, but if you still need to support legacy browsers like IE 11 or older Edge versions (before it was based on Chromium), you will have to use polyfills to get the web components to work. You also have to transpile the library into ES5. See this page for more details.

The component also uses some modern JavaScript features like async/await and optional chaining. These features are supported by all cutting-edge modern browsers as of December 2020. Use a transpiler if you have to support older browsers.

Usage

Install the component with npm or yarn:

$ npm install @lumieducation/h5p-react

Then, import the component in your JavaScript / TypeScript code:

import { H5PPlayerUI, H5PEditorUI } from '@lumieducation/h5p-react';

Then, you can insert the components into your JSX:

<H5PPlayerUI
id='player'
contentId='XXXX'
loadContentCallback = { async (contentId) => { /** retrieve content model from server and return it as Promise **/ } }
/>
<H5PEditorUI
id='editor'
contentId='XXXX'
loadContentCallback = { async (contentId) => { /** retrieve content model from server and return it as Promise **/} }
saveContentCallback = { async (contentId, requestBody) => { /** save content on server **/ } }/>

Initializing and refreshing content

The components automatically (re-)load data from the server by calling loadContentCallback. The components won't work without the callback.

The content is automatically loaded from the server after both of these conditions have been fulfilled (in any order):

1) loadContentCallback is set or changed 2) contentId is set

You can change the value of contentId and it will discard the old content and display the new one. You can also safely remove the component from the DOM.

If you want to use the editor to create new content, you can set the contentId to the string new. Caution: If the newly created content is saved later, then its contentId will be undefined in saveContententCallback, not new!

Saving content in the editor

To save the user's changes in the editor, you have to execute the component's save() method (you must get a reference to component by using React.createRef):

const h5pEditor = React.createRef();
// set ref={h5pEditor} on <H5PEditorUI/>
try {
const { contentId, metadata } = await h5pEditor.save();
// do something with the return values or ignore them
} catch error {
// report errors
}

The component will perform some client-side validation of the entered data and call saveContentCallback (see below) with all the data needed to save the content.

Callbacks

You must provide these callbacks in the props for the components to work:

H5PPlayerUI

loadContentCallback

loadContentCallback = async (contentId: string) => Promise<IPlayerModel>
/** see types.ts in @lumieducation/h5p-server for details how IPlayerModel looks
like **/

You have to set loadContentCallback to a function that retrieves the necessary data from the backend. It returns a promise of data that follows the structure of IPlayerModel in types.ts in @lumieducation/h5p-server. If there is an error, the callback should throw an error object with the error message in the message property.

If you use @lumieducation/h5p-server you will get the necessary information by using a renderer that simply returns the player model if you call H5PPlayer.render(...):

h5pPlayerOnServer.setRenderer(model => model);
const playerModel = await h5pPlayerOnServer.render(contentId, user);
// send playerModel to client and return it in loadContentCallback

H5PEditorUI

loadContentCallback

loadContentCallback = async (contentId?: string) => Promise<
IEditorModel /** see types.ts in @lumieducation/h5p-server for details **/ & {
library?: string;
metadata?: IContentMetadata;
params?: any;
}>

This callback is executed when the component needs to load data for a content id. The callback must create a request to an endpoint on the server, which retrieves all necessary information. The server-side implementation of the endpoint using @lumieducation/h5p-server has to combine the results of H5PEditor.render(...) and H5PEditor.getContent(...). The render must be set to simply return the editor model like this:

h5pEditorOnServer.setRenderer(model => model);

Notes:

  • contentId can be undefined if the editor is used to create new content

  • The library, metadata and params property of the returned object must

    only be defined if contentId is defined.

  • The callback should throw an error with a message in the message property if

    something goes wrong.

saveContentCallback

saveContentCallback = async (
contentId: string,
requestBody: {
library: string;
params: {
params: any;
metadata: any;
}
) => Promise<{ contentId: string; metadata: IContentMetadata }>

This callback is executed when the editor was told to save its content. You have to reach out to the server and persist the changes. When using @lumieducation/h5p-server, the server-side endpoint should call H5PEditor.saveOrUpdateContentReturnMetaData(...) and then return the result to the client, which returns the result as the return value of saveContentCallback.

Note: contentId can be undefined, if the user is creating new content.

Event Handlers

The components emit a few events, to which you cna subscribe using the on... methods in the props of the components.

H5PPlayerUI

onInitialized

This event handler is called when the H5P player has initialized. The event includes the contentId in the parameters. Note: The event is emitted by H5P at a point when all the scripts, but possibly not all resources (images etc.) might be loaded. You should only use the event as an indication of initialization state.

onxAPIStatement

This event handler is called when the H5P content fires an xAPI statement. Use it to collect information about what the user does with your content.

H5PEditorUI

onLoaded

This event handler is called when the H5P editor has been fully loaded and the editor is usable. It is advisable to block user interaction with the component until this event has been fired. The event includes the contentId and an ubername of the main content type in the paramters.

onSaved

This event handler is called when saving was successful. The respective contentId and content metadata can be found in the paramters.

Note: You can also simply use the return value of the save() method instead of subscribing to this event.

onSaveError

This event handler is called when there was an error while saving the content. A more detailed message can be found in the message paramter.

Note: You can also simply catch errors by wrapping the save() method in a try {...} catch {...} block instead of subscribing to this event.