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Honeycomb is the Web team's approach at providing consistent code, design and components across Redgate's web based projects/products.

Honeycomb is designed to be the core foundation for a web project to be built from. Website developers then build their web project using, and building upon, the building blocks and components that Honeycomb provides.


The building blocks and components have been separated into modules, to make it easier to maintain and separate concerns. Each module has a README that explains what the module is for, and the module dependencies it has.


Honeycomb is packaged as an NPM package, and therefore can be distributed across projects using the Node package manager (NPM).

This allows the project to be separated, managed and distributed easily, and allows developers to easily update their projects to the latest, or specific version, of Honeycomb.

Getting Honeycomb into your project

Use the pre-compiled version

Grab the dist directory from the repo, and add it to your project.


Reference the compiled CSS in the head of your HTML document(s), e.g. <link rel="stylesheet" href="/assets/honeycomb/honeycomb.css">


If you're planning on using the JavaScript elements of Honeycomb, then you'll need to reference the compiled, minified JavaScript from your project, e.g. <script src="/assets/honeycomb/honeycomb.min.js"></script>.

You'll also need to create a Honeycomb object, setting the path to your Honeycomb directory, so that the JavaScript can lazy load some of the vendor scripts it needs.

window.Honeycomb = {
    'path': '/assets/honeycomb/'

Build from source

Firstly, make sure you've installed Node and NPM.

Then, simply run npm install git:// to get the latest version.

You can apply a version number to the end if you want a specific version, e.g. npm install git://

This will add Honeycomb to your node_modules directory, where you can reference the Sass modules from.

Setting up a local dev environment

To work on the Honeycomb web toolkit locally, you'll need Node and NPM.

You'll also need a webserver configured to parse Server Side Includes in .htm files.

Setting up Server Side Includes in Apache

In apache/conf/httpd.conf, find <IfModule mime_module>.

Within that module you should find some lines about server-side includes:

# To parse .shtml files for server-side includes (SSI):
# (You will also need to add "Includes" to the "Options" directive.)
AddType text/html .shtml
AddOutputFilter INCLUDES .shtml

Add .htm after both instances of .shtml, so the new rule looks like this:

# To parse .shtml files for server-side includes (SSI):
# (You will also need to add "Includes" to the "Options" directive.)
AddType text/html .shtml .htm
AddOutputFilter INCLUDES .shtml .htm

Restart Apache.

Setting up Server Side Includes in IIS

In IIS Manager, go to your Honeycomb Web Toolkit site (or set one up).

Open Handler Mappings.

Click Add Module Mapping...

Configure the new module:

Request path: *.htm
Module: ServerSideIncludeModule
Name: SSINC-htm

Click OK and restart IIS.

Building and serving the honeycomb dev site

Once your webserver is configured, point it at the / directory in the honeycomb web toolkit repository, start the webserver, and point your browser at the /docs directory.

Build the toolkit: npm install && npm run build

Custom build for Zuora

To run a custom build of Honeycomb for Zuora, run:

npm install 
npm run build:zuora

The minified Zuora stylesheet will then build to /dist/honeycomb.css.

Contributing to the web toolkit

To contribute to the web toolkit project, please create a Pull Request and let us know on the #honeycomb Slack channel. We'll then review the Pull Request and work with you to get it merged into master.

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