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Using Ember's element ID helper

December 8, 2016

Had multiple input file fields and I've set them to

{{file-field value=imageUrl name="file" id="file" class="inputfile"}}
<label for="file" class="btn btn-default inputfile-btn">

Notice how the label's for attribute has to match file-field's id attribute. This is placed into a component that gets rendered multiple times, so we'll arrive at a problem of having multiple elements with the multiple identical ids on the page.

We could use a naive approach and then add a property for id attribute with random number like so:

import Ember from 'ember';

export default Ember.Component.extend({
  elementId: Ember.computed(function(){
    return Math.round(Math.random() * 1000);

And use it in the template like so

{{file-field value=imageUrl name="file" id=elementId class="inputfile"}}
<label for={{elementId}} class="btn btn-default inputfile-btn">

This approach is naive and doesn't guarantee that no two items with the same element id will appear. A better solution is to simply use Ember's built in concat helper with elementId.

{{file-field value=imageUrl name="file" id=(concat elementId '-file')}}
<label for={{concat elementId '-file'}} class="btn">

With this, we pass Ember's generated elementId and use it in label's for attribute.