Joe Consterdine Joe Consterdine - 1 month ago 9
CSS Question

BEM? Blocks inside blocks?

A little unsure on when to start a new context in BEM.

Should all child elements always reference the block element?

For e.g.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>bem</title>
</head>
<body>
<div class="header">
<div class="header__left">
<!-- Left column content -->
</div>
<div class="header__search">
<!-- Should this be attached to the header? Or a new context <div class="search"> as it can be used elsewhere on the site? -->
</div>
</div>
</body>
</html>


Here the search is inside the 'header' div but should we really attach it to the header as this could be used elsewhere on the site?

Do you have new blocks inside blocks?

Cheers

Answer

It's my understanding there isn't any problem with blocks overlapping, as long as the css being used to target each block is discreet and separate. So, the search styling shouldn't depend on the header styling if it's usable in other places. Similarly, the header styling doesn't need to go any further down once it loses relevance to its children.

Would something like this work; does that make sense?

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
    <head>
      <meta charset="utf-8">
      <title>bem</title>
    </head>
    <body>
        <div class="header">
            <div class="header__left">
                <!-- Left column content -->
            </div>
            <div class="header__right">
                <div class="search">
                    <input class="search__input>
                    <button class="search__button>GO!</button>
                </div>
            </div>
        </div>
    </body>
</html>