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Waterfall Theme Tester

Tests Waterfall themes for common issues that prevent import. Also, provides a simple renderer to allow basic manual testing.


git clone
gem install bundler
bundle install
sh waterfall_test_theme --dir=/path/to/your/theme

As an executable

The theme tester can be run as a command on linux system. If you think that "./" is easier then "sh ".

chmod +x waterfall_test_theme
./waterfall_test_theme --dir=/path/to/your/theme


A theme is can be checked but not rendered by using the check command.

sh waterfall_test_theme check --dir=/some/theme


A theme can be rendered without checking by using the render command.

sh waterfall_test_theme render --dir=/some/theme

Rendered layouts are placed in /views with the same name as the layout. All expressions will be removed so they are fully valid HTML.


A sample theme can be found at: However you can roll your own if you want.


/base /images /stylesheets /javascripts /layouts application.html ... /test_data some_content.html


A modified version of the Liquid Tempalate language is used to simulate the dynamic nature of layouts. More details can be found at

Basic Syntax

Variables can be accessed using {{ variable }}.

Tags can be accessed using {% tag args %}

Location variable

We add a location for use on franchise layouts. It simulates the behavior that Franchise content and pages in waterfall have.

Additional Tags

Waterfall data is dynamic and therefore changes. We provide the following tags to eliminate static behavior which will break in production.

Link Tags

We provide the following link tags which should be used in themes instead of links to internal pages. There are two types of link tags x_link and x_url. The x_link will produce a full HTML link and always require arguments. The x_url only produces a URL, not a full anchor tag. Only page_url requires arguments.

{% page_url Page title %} - Finds the page by title (case sensitive) and provides the URL to it. If not found it provides the location root or corporate root, depending on site. Your IA document should define all the pages for all the sites that are valid.

{% page_link Page title %} - Like page_url but wraps the behavior in a link.

{% blog_link Title %} - Links to the blog for the site.

{% events_link Title %} - Links to the events for the site.

{% jobs_link Title %} - Links to the jobs for the site.

{% store_link Title %} - Links to the store for the site (franchise only).


{% yield_content Content type %} finds and renders the content of a content type. These are useful if there are small configuraiton that need to be made site wide, like the providing an Ad iframe. All content types should be defined in the IA.

Simulating actual content

If you puts a file in /test_data with the same name as the content type and the extention ".html" then it will be used when that content type is called out. This is a simplified to ensure that content styles are applied correctly.

If no test data is supplied then it defaults to 1 paragraph of lorem ipsum.


{% yield_content Help %}

/test_data Help.html


{% yield_page %} is similar to yield_content but only one can exist for any layout and it is the main content for that layout. Therefore you cannot call out what content to load.

Simulating actual content

Similar to yield_content you can add a file to /test_data to be rendered as the body. The file is body.html.

If no body.html is provided then 5 paragraphs of lorem ipsum are provided.

Waterfall provided pages

There are several waterfall provided pages in /test_data/bodies. This allows you to see the DOM and adjust the styles to fit your theme. You should not change the DOM as it will not have any effect on waterfall.

You must pass in the --app-bodies options to the theme tester.


Due to the nature of HTML there is a lot repeats between layouts. This is solved by taking repeated segments and moving them into a partial. A partial is just an html file starting with "_". For exmple, "_head.html" is a common partial that would define the stylesheet, and javascript links; which don't generally change per page.



 <link href="../images/favicon.ico" rel="shortcut icon" type="image/x-icon" />
 <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="../stylesheets/theme.css">


    {% yield_partial head %}

views/application.html (after rendering)

    <link href="../images/favicon.ico" rel="shortcut icon" type="image/x-icon" />
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="../stylesheets/theme.css">

Production placeholder tags

The following tags play little or no role in the theme package, but are essential for Waterfall to operate in production.

seo_tags (head only)

In production this will be replaced by meta keywords and meta description tags.

analytics_tag (head only)

In production this will be replaced by a google analytics tag if one is configured.

default_js (head only)

Renders reference to jQuery and the calendar js. In production it renders the correct javascript script tags. These files move in production so it is important not to simply include jquery directly.

yield_head (head only)

In production it renders page specific information that MUST be included in the head. With out this placehold many Waterfall pages will not function

yield_script (body only)

In production it renders scripts and other things that MUST be included at the bottom of the page. For example, google maps widget.

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