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Fawkss — The [ig]noble CSS preprocessor MIT License

Fawkss [fɔːks] is a simple CSS preprocessor built as a single AWK (nawk/gawk/mawk) script. Syntactically, it borrows as much as possible from the SASS language, for convenience and familiarity.

This is more of a fun project than a production-ready piece of software, though it may find some use for people needing simple additions to CSS without pulling in the massive ecosystem that comes with Less.js/SASS etc.


Currently, the following SASS features are implemented, in varying degrees:

C99/C++-style comments

Lines that contain comments using the // syntax are removed from the final output, and are useful for including commentary that should otherwise not be available to end-users.

Comments using the /* */ syntax are not handled, and remain intact in the final output.


Variables can be defined and used with the following syntax:

$variable-name: 10px;
width: $variable-name;

All variables are defined in the global scope, and cannot be used before definition. Using an undefined variable is a fatal error, and halts execution. Variable names can contain alphanumeric characters, as well as underscore and hyphen characters, and are always prefixed with a dollar sign.

Variables must be appear on their own line, and cannot be mixed with other declarations. Redefining a variable overrides its previous value, with no warning message emitted.


CSS import declarations are extended for concatenating SCSS files together transparently. For a file common/_colors.scss, the following declarations are equivalent:

@import "common/colors";
@import "common/colors.scss";
@import "common/_colors";
@import "common_colors.scss";

Unlike SASS, files with leading underscores are not handled especially as partials.


Mixin support is currently minimal, with parameters (including default values) and nested mixins handled.

Features such as variadic parameters and mixins with parent selectors are forthcoming.


It is intended that the script never balloons to more than ~1000 lines of code. I'm trying to tackle the most important features yet and see how well they fit within the AWK mindset.

That being said, I do not plan to implement any context-sensitive functionality (such as nesting etc.), which may be nigh-impossible in AWK anyways. Consider it a feature.

Testing & Documentation

A Makefile is provided for running tests and producing documentation for Fawkss. Run make help in the project root for more information.

A full test-suite is provided (depending only on make and awk), which should serve as a good example of the existing feature-set.


All code in this repository is covered by the terms of the MIT License, the full text of which can be found in the LICENSE file.

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