JavaScript Introducing ES2015 ES2015 Basics Template Strings

Anthony Albertorio
Anthony Albertorio
22,168 Points

Can someone explain tagging and template literals in a simpler way?

The video was pretty vague on how template literals and tagging work. The instructor spent more time explaining how things worked in ES5 rather than in ES6. After reading the Mozilla docs, I understand somewhat how template literals work. However, I feel like the video left out the truly powerful applications of template literals by not explaining how tagging works.

Anthony Albertorio
Anthony Albertorio
22,168 Points

Tagged template literals are super useful when explained properly, especially for templating and dynamically changing a the DOM. I found a great explanation of tagged template literals here: Kudos to Kyle Robinson Young for the video

Another explanation of template literals and their usage can be found here: Kudos to Ryan Christiani for the video

2 Answers

Dan-Lucian Rosu
Dan-Lucian Rosu
1,217 Points
var person = 'Mike';
var age = 28;

function myTag(strings, personExp, ageExp) {

  var str0 = strings[0]; // "that "
  var str1 = strings[1]; // " is a "

  // There is technically a string after
  // the final expression (in our example),
  // but it is empty (""), so disregard.
  // var str2 = strings[2];

  var ageStr;
  if (ageExp > 99){
    ageStr = 'centenarian';
  } else {
    ageStr = 'youngster';

  return str0 + personExp + str1 + ageStr;


var output = myTag`that ${ person } is a ${ age }`;

// that Mike is a youngster

Example taken from MDN. So you see there is a var output that is assigned with myTag (there is the function call) followed by the arguments passed to the function in a 'templatish' way. The words 'that' and 'is a' will be assigned to strings param of the function and the 2 expressions person and age will be assigned in declaration order to the next 2 params. It's simple.

Jesus Mendoza
Jesus Mendoza
23,270 Points

String literals are easy

var sum = 1+1;
var sum2 = 2+2
var stringES5 = '1 + 1 is ' + sum + '.\n2 + 2 is ' + sum2 + '.';
// If you have a larger string you need to use multiple + to concatenate the whole string.

let stringES6 = `1 + 1 is ${sum}.
2 + 2 is ${sum2}.`;

Tagging is really difficult and i don't fully understand it.