Warning Header (Closes #205) (#394)

In order to solve the issues discussed below, we decided to put the warnings in a json file, since they can be easily imported into a javascript file and webpack automatically bundles them with the client side app, so no static props is needed.


To get the warning data, since it is something that needs to be on all pages, it makes sense for the component to go in the app.js file (similar to the nav bar). However, next.js has a cumbersome issue that it does not support getStaticProps in the app.ts file (and getStaticProps only works in page files), thus we have no way of requesting the warning data easily in the \<WarningHeader\> Component. (https://github.com/vercel/next.js/discussions/10949)

Here is my solution:
- Request the warning data on the client side through the use of an api.
    - I made a warning api (/api/currentWarning) which sends a json of the current warning
    - Advantage: warnings will always be up to date since it is recalculated on every request
    - Advantage: It can potentially incorporate with other CSC services who might need to know about the warning (eg linktree?)
    - Disadvantage: can get expensive if we have a lot of warnings, to fix this I can cache the current warning and only re-read the files every 24h if this is a problem, but if we don’t have that many warnings I think it should be fine
    - Disadvantage: listed below:

The current problem with what I implemented is that it doesn’t build in the production environment:
- The way we build the website, when we call “next export” that disables any api endpoints.
- According to this https://github.com/vercel/vercel/discussions/6551, if we want to allow api endpoints, we have to just do “next build”. This has implications that the site won’t be completely static anymore, but the other solutions also have similar problems  ( though the GitHub post says that next will still optimize for static with only next build).

Another advantage of allowing api’s is that maybe in the future we will implement other features where an api might be useful.

If you want to try it out, my branch works fine locally (when just running npm run dev or npm run build”)

Other possible solutions:
- Use getInitialProps inside _app.js, but this has the downside that it will “disable Automatic Static Optimization in pages without Static Generation.” (https://nextjs.org/docs/advanced-features/custom-app), which I believe will slow the whole site down, but, we will be able to still use the old build command I think, I am not sure of the full effect of this.
	- However, implementing this would also be relatively simple.

- Add the warning request to the getStaticProps of every single page, possibly through some wrapper component around every single page, this has the disadvantage that we need to do a lot of refactoring of all the pages of the site and cant use the intended “_app.ts” wrapper.

- Add warning header only to the homepage (or maybe one or two other important pages).

Co-authored-by: shahanneda <shahan.neda@gmail.com>
Reviewed-on: #394
Reviewed-by: Amy <a258wang@csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Shahan Nedadahandeh 11 months ago
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@ -34,6 +34,8 @@ export const PALETTE_NAMES = [

@ -0,0 +1,12 @@
background-color: var(--warning-background);
padding: calc(6rem / 16);
color: var(--warning-text);
font-size: calc(16rem / 16);
text-align: center;
opacity: 1;
/* The following are for a smooth fade in if there ever is a loading required for the warning, is not needed currently */
/* max-height: 500px;
/* transition: max-height 1000ms ease-in, padding 100ms ease-in; */

@ -0,0 +1,60 @@
import { parse } from "date-fns";
import React from "react";
import warnings from "../content/warnings/warnings.json";
import { DATE_FORMAT, getLocalDateFromEST } from "../utils";
import styles from "./WarningHeader.module.css";
interface Warning {
message: string;
startDate: string;
endDate: string;
function getCurrentWarning(): Warning | null {
const today = new Date();
const currentWarnings: Warning[] = warnings.filter((warning) => {
// convert dates to date objects in EST time zone
let startDate = parse(warning.startDate, DATE_FORMAT, new Date());
let endDate = parse(warning.endDate, DATE_FORMAT, new Date());
if (
!startDate ||
!endDate ||
isNaN(startDate.getTime()) || // this checks if the parsed date is not valid (eg. wrong format), since getLocalDateFromEST fails with invalid dates
) {
throw new Error('WARNING WITH INVALID DATES: "' + warning.message + '"');
startDate = getLocalDateFromEST(startDate);
endDate = getLocalDateFromEST(endDate);
return (
startDate.getTime() <= today.getTime() &&
endDate.getTime() >= today.getTime()
if (currentWarnings.length > 1) {
// If more than one warning is scheduled, log an error to the console. We cannot throw an error, since the site would go down on the live
// website, on the day when more than one warning is scheduled.
return currentWarnings.length === 0 ? null : currentWarnings[0];
export function WarningHeader() {
const warning = getCurrentWarning();
if (warning == null) {
return null;
return <div className={styles.warning}>{warning.message}</div>;

@ -0,0 +1,12 @@
"startDate": "February 15 2022 00:00",
"endDate": "February 20 2022 18:00",
"message": "Warning: There will be a scheduled system maintenance on February 17 from 9pm to 12pm EST"
"startDate": "January 29 2022 21:00",
"endDate": "January 30 2022 18:00",
"message": "This is a sample warning"

@ -2,14 +2,19 @@ import fs from "fs/promises";
import path from "path";
import { parse } from "date-fns";
import { utcToZonedTime, zonedTimeToUtc } from "date-fns-tz";
import matter from "gray-matter";
import { MDXRemoteSerializeResult } from "next-mdx-remote";
import { serialize } from "next-mdx-remote/serialize";
import type { Props } from "../pages/events/[year]/[term]/index";
// do not use alias "@/utils" as generate-calendar imports a function from this file and ts-node is not compatible
import { Term, TERMS, isTerm } from "../utils";
import {
} from "../utils";
const EVENTS_PATH = path.join("content", "events");
@ -55,8 +60,6 @@ export interface Event {
metadata: Metadata;
export const DATE_FORMAT = "MMMM dd yyyy HH:mm";
export async function getEventBySlug(
year: string,
term: Term,
@ -284,12 +287,3 @@ function getFutureTerm(year: string, term: Term): { year: string; term: Term } {
term: TERMS[index + 1],
// The date that's returned should be in local time
export function getLocalDateFromEST(date: Date) {
return utcToZonedTime(
// The parsed date is in EST
zonedTimeToUtc(date, "America/Toronto"),

@ -8,7 +8,7 @@ import { serialize } from "next-mdx-remote/serialize";
import { isTerm, Term, TERMS } from "@/utils";
import { DATE_FORMAT, getLocalDateFromEST } from "./events";
import { DATE_FORMAT, getLocalDateFromEST } from "../utils";
export const NEWS_PATH = path.join("content", "news");

@ -22,6 +22,8 @@ body {
--text: #000000;
--form-invalid: #9f616a;
--warning-background: #dd0014;
--warning-text: #ffffff;
--input-background: #f0f0f0;
--input-placeholder-text: #bbbbbb;

@ -20,6 +20,7 @@ import {
} from "@/components/ShapesBackground";
import { Table } from "@/components/Table";
import { ThemeProvider } from "@/components/Theme";
import { WarningHeader } from "@/components/WarningHeader";
import styles from "./_app.module.css";
@ -44,6 +45,7 @@ export default function App({ Component, pageProps }: AppProps): JSX.Element {
<div className={styles.appContainer}>
<WarningHeader />
<Navbar />
{/* Wrapping content with a div to allow for a display: block parent */}
<div className={styles.contentContainer}>

@ -3,8 +3,9 @@ import path from "path";
import { format } from "date-fns";
import { DATE_FORMAT } from "@/utils";
import {

@ -1,5 +1,8 @@
import { utcToZonedTime, zonedTimeToUtc } from "date-fns-tz";
export const TERMS = ["winter", "spring", "fall"] as const;
export type Term = typeof TERMS[number];
export const DATE_FORMAT = "MMMM dd yyyy HH:mm";
// https://www.typescriptlang.org/docs/handbook/2/narrowing.html#using-type-predicates
export function isTerm(x: string): x is Term {
@ -9,3 +12,12 @@ export function isTerm(x: string): x is Term {
export function capitalize(str: string) {
return str.slice(0, 1).toUpperCase() + str.slice(1);
// Converts a date to local time
export function getLocalDateFromEST(date: Date): Date {
return utcToZonedTime(
// The date parameter is in EST
zonedTimeToUtc(date, "America/Toronto"),