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These are the main tasks:

  • front-end-styleguide to start the default task.
    • Watches for file changes.
    • Starts Browsersync.
    • Opens the default web browser.
  • front-end-styleguide build:dev to start the development task.
    • Same as the default task.
    • No file watching / Browsersync.
  • front-end-styleguide build:prev to create a prototype preview.
    • Minifies CSS, JavaScript and images.
    • Doesn't generate component HTML.
    • Errors break pipe.
  • front-end-styleguide build to create production ready files.
    • Minifies CSS, JavaScript and images.
    • Doesn't generate any HTML.
    • Errors break pipe.
  • front-end-styleguide test to run all tests.
    • Lints CSS and JavaScript.

The underlying tasks can be run aswell:

  • css:dev, css:prev and css:dist for Sass to CSS compilation.
  • css:lint and css:lint:break for CSS linting.
  • js:dev, js:prev and js:dist for JavaScript compilation with Babel.
  • js:lint and js:lint:break for JavaScript linting.
  • html:dev and html:prev for Nunjucks to static HTML generation.
  • img:dev, img:prev and img:dist for image copying and icon sprite generation.
  • copy:dev, copy:prev and copy:dist for the copy task.

The generated folders dev, prev and dist are excluded from Git.


Output to dev/css, prev/css or dist/css.

Sass is a CSS preprocessor supporting variables, nesting and mixins – among many other features. For a quick start jump to the Sass Basics. stylelint monitors the code for errors and consistency deviations. It uses the standard config with a few additions.

This styleguide splits the source CSS into small parts. This ensures a better organization of style declarations. Each component sits in it's own folder and is re-usable across the project.

The function @import includes Sass or CSS files in the main Sass file. The final output is one large CSS file to minimize browser requests. See src/main.scss for more information.

Global stylelint rules are set in .stylelintrc.json. Per-file rules can be set with comments (e.g. /* stylelint-disable selector-max-id */). With a .stylelintignore file in the project root, CSS files can be excluded from linting.

The development task generates sourcemaps. The preview and production tasks minify the CSS.


Output to dev/js, prev/js or dist/js.

JavaScript files are bundled together with Browserify and compiled with Babel and the ES2015 preset. To learn more about JavaScript modules head over to the MDN article on import. ESLint checks if the code follows the Standard Style.

Global ESLint rules are set in .eslintrc.json. Per-file rules can be set with comments (e.g. /* eslint no-console: "off" */). With a .eslintignore file in the project root, JavaScript files can be excluded from linting.

The development task generates sourcemaps. The preview and production tasks minify the source.


Output to dev and dev/components or prev.

Nunjucks is an HTML templating engine based on JavaScript. The styleguide creates static HTML from Nunjucks files. Take a look at the templating docs for further information on Nunjucks.


Component pages are references for UI elements. They will be generated only if the component folder contains at least on *.guide.njk file. Each of these files represent a section within the component page, ordered by filename. The tasks preview and production will not render component pages.

Each component-name/*.guide.njk file should follow this pattern for a nicely styled output:

{% set title = "Sub-component title [optional]" %}
{% set description = "A little description [optional]" %}

{% extends sgSection %}

{% block body %}
  <p>This is the actual code for the component.</p>
{% endblock %}

The following variables can be used:

  • [optional] title sets a heading for the component variation.
  • [optional] description provides additional information.
  • [optional] background injects style="background: value" into the component.
  • [optional] padding sets the padding. Possible values: none.


Prototypes represent final pages. The prototypes folder supports hierarchy with subfolders. Go ahead and try out a basic website structure!

The default and development tasks inject a navigation bar into both component and prototype HTML files for faster site switching and additional settings. The task production will not render protoype pages.

Default Variables

  • meta.version: Current package.json version (e.g. "1.7.0").
  • meta.env: development or production depending on the task.
  • meta.path.fileName: The name of the current HTML file with extension (e.g. "index.html").
  • meta.path.filePath: Relative path containing the filename of the current HTML file (e.g. "components/header.html").
  • meta.path.toRoot: Relative path to the root (e.g. "../"). Returns an empty string if the file is already in the output root.

Images and Icons

Output to dev/img, prev/img or dist/img.

All files and folders placed in src/images will be copied to dev/img, prev/img or dist/img.

SVG files placed in the src/components/icons folder will be transformed into an SVG icon sprite named icons.svg. The original icons will not be copied to the output folders. SVG symbols can be referenced with their ID. The icon workflow creates IDs from the filename of the original SVG placed in src/components/icons. Each ID is suffixed with "-icon" for better compatibility with browsers that need a polyfill.

Use the icon macro for icon linking. The macro takes the following parameters:

  • filename: The icon filename in the src/components/icons-folder without the .svg extension.
  • classes: Additional classes separated with a space.
  • size: The initial icon size set with width and height attributes. Defaults to 24.
  • ariaHidden: Show (false) or hide (true) the icon for screen readers. Defaults to true.
{% import "path/to/components/icons/icons.njk" as icon %}
{{'filename', 'classes', size, ariaHidden) }}

The styleguide ships with svgxuse, a polyfill for browsers that do not support external SVG reference.

The preview and production tasks minify images with a lossless compressor.

Copy Utility

Files that don’t fit in the above mentioned categories can be integrated into the styleguide with the copy utility src/copy.js. To copy files from Node modules, install the module with npm install --save module-name and add files or folders to copy.js.

copy.js contains an array of objects. Each object is a copy instruction and has a folder, files, dest and optional exclude key.

  • folder is the base path.
  • files specifies which files and folders will be copied. The folder structure will be kept (e.g. dist/** results in dev/js/dist/**). Use globs to copy more than one file.
  • dest sets the destination for the copy process. The development, preview and production tasks each prefix the destination with their specific output folders (e.g. dev/ for development).
  • [optional] excludes contains a string or an array of strings with names for tasks that will not perform the copy instruction. Available task names are dev, prev and dist.

Beware of overwriting files from other tasks (e.g. css/styles.css). The copy task is started last, but due to asynchronous task execution the exact write order is unknown.

Copy single files

module.exports = [
    folder: 'node_modules/svgxuse',
    files: 'svgxuse.{js,min.js}',
    dest: paths.js.base,
    exclude: 'dist'

This declaration copies the files node_modules/svgxuse/svgxuse.js and node_modules/svgxuse/svgxuse.min.js to output/js/svgxuse.js and output/js/svgxuse.min.js. output is either dev or prev depending on the task. The dist task is excluded.

Preserve original folder structure

module.exports = [
    folder: 'node_modules/@polymer',
    files: '**',
    dest: 'polymer'

Everything from node_modules/@polymer will be copied to output/polymer. Subfolders will be kept as is.

Remove original folder structure

module.exports = [
    folder: 'node_modules/@polymer/font-roboto',
    files: '**',
    dest: 'polymer'

Everything from node_modules/@polymer/font-roboto will be copied to output/polymer. No font-roboto folder will be created.