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Contributing to Design System React

First, on behalf of the core maintainers, I'd like to thank you for wanting to contribute and make the user experience for your end-users better and improve the developer experience of this library. 👍🎉 -- @interactivellama

If you are adding or changing component props, the first step is to propose the feature so that others have time to comment on it. Please submit a props proposal such as this one for Dueling Picklist as an issue.


  1. Fork this repository (button in upper right). Install git and clone your fork locally with git clone[YOUR-USER]/design-system-react.git. This library only supports use of git-bash in Windows. The default command prompt may not work.
  2. Create a topic branch locally such as menu-alignment-fix.
  3. Install Node and NPM. npm install to install development dependencies.
  4. npm start to start Storybook. View stories at http://localhost:9001. Modify the source code to update component stories in the sidebar.
  5. Read the Codebase Overview to learn concepts and best practices for the codebase and to confirm contribution is within project scope.

Adding a new prop

  1. This library is open to data, ref, style, and className on any element within reason, but especially open to it for the “primary part of a component” such as form elements such as input or a clickable elements such as button, since these are often used for testing purposes or form submission. This is probably a better way to write unit tests, anyway, since SLDS class changes are not considered breaking changes.
    1. ref callbacks should be within an object named refs with typically a key name of the HTML tag name. These should be tested with a Mocha callback.
    2. style props should be style[SUFFIX] and be tested with a Jest DOM snapshot by adding a Story to Storybook.
    3. className props should be className[SUFFIX] and be PropTypes.oneOfType([PropTypes.array, PropTypes.object, PropTypes.string]) and be tested with a Jest DOM snapshot by adding a Story to Storybook.

How to add a new component

  1. Create a new issue or add to an existing one.
    1. List out all public props, so that props can be consistent across the library. Here is an example. You are proposing an API that hopefully will never have to be changed.
  2. Build out the component file structure
    1. Add a new folder to /components with index.jsx. All component files in this folder are public. Non-public subcomponents should be in a private subfolder.
  3. Connect the newly created files
    1. Add public component exports to /components/index.js.
    2. Add the component's name to /utilities/constants.js
    3. Create dev storybook stories in /components/[COMPONENT]/__examples__/ and documentation site examples.
    4. Add Storybook and site examples in /components/[COMPONENT]/__docs__/.
    5. Then import __docs__ examples file into Storybook by adding them to /components/storybook-stories.js.
    6. Then import __docs__ examples file into the documentation site by adding them to /components/site-stories.js respectively. Site examples only have access to variables exported in /components/index.js, so you should limit your component's site example imports to these variables. See #1192 for more information.
    7. Review the tests readme
    8. Create snapshot tests. Copy examples from /components/storybook-stories.js to /components/story-based-tests.js. This will add DOM and image snapshot testing for the component. These tests use Storyshots and are run without a DOM. Most props that don't involve user events can be tested here. npm run test:snapshot will run these tests by themselves. npm run test:snapshot:update will update snapshots.
    9. Add callback prop tests in Mocha test framework to /components/[COMPONENT]/__tests__/. Mocha tests are a last resort and should not be used for simple markup queries. These tests can be viewed at http://localhost:8001
    10. Add your component's meta description in package.json, under the "components" key. An example is shown below.
        "component": "split-view",
        "status": "prod",
        "display-name": "Split View",
        "SLDS-component-path": "/components/split-view",
        "dependencies": [
            "component": "header"
            "component": "listbox"
        "url-slug": "split-views"
  4. All components should have a comment description of the component before the class declaration in the source code. This should be copied from the subtitle or "lead" of the SLDS website component page. All props should have propType with a prop description comment before it that will be used on the documentation site. npm test will audit that these source code comments exist or warn with components/component-docs.json has an empty string in it error if they do not.
  5. Push to your username's forked repository.
  6. Submit a well-documented pull request targeting master from your forked repository. GitHub pull requests should have a descriptive title, a brief summary, @mention several relevant people to review the code, add helpful GitHub comments on lines where you have questions or concerns. All contributors must sign a Contributor License Agreement.
  7. For large additions, make sure your tests pass, then mention @interactivellama and request a view, and we'll review your code, suggest any needed changes, and hopefully merge it in soon. Thank you!

Contributing Guidelines

  • Are you a first-time contributor? If you would like a simple task to start out with, you might consider these issues or run npm run lint and fix a few warnings.
  • UX pattern / design must exist in SLDS. Components in the process of being added to SLDS will be considered as prototypes.
  • All new props and components need tests. Please review the testing readme
  • Contributions of components with a subset of SLDS variants will be considered. Please consider your architecture in view of the other variants and create an issue before starting just to be certain.
  • Follow this library's prettier (code style) and eslint (code quality) settings. npm run lint:fix will run Prettier and write style changes to your files.
    • You can enable this behavior at save in your editor, too. For instance, in Visual Studio Code, run the prettier extension and set "editor.formatOnSave": true and prettier.eslintIntegration: true.
  • If you are adding a feature, add a story to the React Storybook that uses your feature, so that reviewers can test it.
  • Add enough Storybook stories and testing examples to show use of all component prop and values--if they are enumerated. All examples that are present for a component in the SLDS website should be created as a Storybook story and imported into the documentation site examples.
  • Prop description tables on the documentation site are generated from propType comments within the component. Use npm run build:docs to confirm comment compatibility. Introductory component descriptions are generated from the comment directly before the component declaration with react-docgen.
  • All props descriptions should have a Tested with snapshot testing. or Tested with Mocha framework. notice in them.

The review process

  1. Read through the modified/added code in the pull request.
  2. git clone this repository. Pull down the pull requested branch. It will be within the contributor's forked repository. For instance, git checkout -b interactivellama-data-table-width master then git pull data-table-width. You could also create an additional remote and pull down the branch directly.
  3. Run npm install and npm start.
  4. Review the appropriate Storybook stories at http://localhost:9001/.
  5. Review tests. Open http://localhost:8001/ and confirm that tests are passing in your browser.
  6. Compare component markup to SLDS markup. Reviewing the snapshot strings is the easiest way. Add year-first date and commit SHA to last-slds-markup-review in package.json and push to pull request branch.
  7. Request a review of the new component/feature by the Salesforce UX Accessibility Team. Add year-first review date, and commit SHA, last-accessibility-review, to package.json and push to pull request branch.
      "component": "",
      "status": "prod",
      "display-name": "",
      "last-accessibility-review": {
        "date-iso-8601": "2017/12/31",
        "commit-sha": ""
      "last-slds-markup-review": {
        "date-iso-8601": "2017/12/30",
        "commit-sha": ""
      "SLDS-component-path": ""
  8. While the contributor's branch is checked out, run npm run local-update within locally cloned site repo to confirm the site will function correctly at the next release. This will also build the bundle (npm run dist) and use the bundle in the documentation site and confirm that the bundle works.

Testing the documentation site (internal)

  1. Pull down the documentation site (currently private) and place in the same parent folder as this library: git clone and run npm install.
  2. Run npm run local-update from within design-system-react-site to build, copy, and serve a local version of this library into the site. You should be able to now view the updated site at http://localhost:8080/ and resolve any issues with updated documentation.
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