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Setting up the Pattern Library for development

Setting up the pattern library for development

The pattern library holds all styles for the platform-client and its here changes to the css is made.

Note: If you are not planning to change the css for the Platform-client, you do not need to follow this guide.

Clone the pattern library

git clone https://github.com/ushahidi/platform-pattern-library.git;

Install the dependencies.

cd platform-pattern-library;
npm install;

Run gulp build to generate the fonts and compile the sass the first time.

gulp build

Start the pattern library in http://localhost:8000 by running:

gulp

Once the pattern-library is running, the front-end guidelines and a guide on how to work with the pattern-library and its structure can be found on http://localhost:8000/assets/html/front-end-guidelines/introduction.html​

But how do I test my new styles in the Platform?

The pattern-library is installed as a npm-package in the Platform Client. For development, it is not suitable to publish a package for each change, and luckily, there is hack you can do to test the styles locally instead.

  1. Make sure the Pattern-library is built through running gulp build in the terminal

  2. Copy all contents in the "assets" folder

  3. Go to your Platform-client folder

  4. Navigate to node_modules/ushahidi-platform-pattern-library folder

  5. Remove the contents in the "assets" folder

  6. Paste the contents you copied from the assets-folder in the pattern-library

  7. Done! Now you should be able to see the changes in the Platform Client

Further reading

After setup, please read the Platform Pattern Library guidelines when working with the Platform Pattern Library.