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§ What is it?

Frameworks make decisions for you about how to organize, structure and design a site. Pattern libraries don’t separate styling and markup, making them tough to use in a truly modular fashion. We weren’t satisfied, so we made a thing that doesn’t do that.

Typeplate is a "typographic starter kit". We don’t make aesthetic design choices, but define proper markup with extensible styling for common typographic patterns. A stripped–down Sass library concerned with the appropriate technical implementation of design patterns–not how they look.

§ Browser Tested, Developer Approved

§ File Size

Not much goin’ on here in terms of bulk. As you can see, Typeplate is just a measely 3kb when compressed. That's really, really small.

  • Raw Sass = 18 KB
  • Compressed Sass = 3 KB
  • Raw CSS = 10 KB

§ Docs

You'll “find our documentation here”. This document includes all the required instructions to get started with Typeplate.

§ Contributing & Issues

If you would like to contribute to the core of the Typeplate project and not to our main site please make sure you're submitting changes, patches and issues to our main project repository.

§ Getting Started

  • Make sure you have a GitHub account
  • Clearly describe an issue including steps to reproduce when it's a bug.
  • Fork this repository.

§ Making Changes

  • Create a topic branch from where you want to base your work.
    • This is usually based off the master branch.
    • Only target release branches if you are certain your fix must be on that branch.
    • To quickly create a topic branch based on master; git branch fix/master/my_contribution master then checkout the new branch with git checkout fix/master/my_contribution. Please avoid working directly on the master branch.
  • Make commits of logical units.
  • Check for unnecessary whitespace with git diff --check before committing.
  • Make sure your commit messages are in the proper format.
(Issue#) Commit message about your awesome code contribution. 
##only provide an issue number if you're PR is referencing an issue.
  • Make sure you have added the necessary tests for your changes.
  • Run all the tests to assure nothing else was accidentally broken.

§ Pull Requests

When contributing (by the way you're awesome for that so thanks) please keep your commits small and targeted when you're prepared to file a Pull Request. We’d prefer not seeing Pull Requests that contain 20 commits in multiple spots. Keep it small and it will make things simpler and much cleaner in the long run.

§ Additional Resources

§ Project Stack

Language Abstractions

Build Tools

Package Management

§ Local Development (mac, linux)

Gem dependencies are installed using Bundler. Bundler maintains a consistent environment for ruby applications. It tracks an application's code and the rubygems it needs to run, so that an application will always have the exact gems (and versions) that it needs.

If you don't have Bundler installed you can install it like so:

$ gem install bundler

Once Bundler is installed run the following command:

$ bundle install

You can always check if the correct Gems are installed by running the bash command gem list which will list all your gem dependencies installed.

Install Bower Components

$ bower install

Install NPM Modules for Grunt

$ npm install

§ Compiling : JavaScript, Sass and Compass

In order to compile our projects stylesheets and scripts we use Grunt which is platform independent JavaScript task runner. To start using Grunt run npm install from the project's root directory. If you're still curious how to use Grunt then feel free to leave us a comment in our project's Issue Tracker.

§ Grunt Tasks :

Those that choose to use Grunt you can execute the command grunt which will spin up a local server on http://localhost:9001 and start the watch task that will also enable LiveReload for HTML, Sass, CSS and JavaScript files. In order to use LiveRealod you must have the LiveReload Browser Extension installed and turned on before executing the grunt task command.

§ Package Management : Bower

To keep track of our packages and allow for easy updating we use Bower Package Manager which installs all our project's packages in the "components" directory. In order to install bower you must have Node and npm installed on your machine. Once Node and npm are installed simply run the command below (which works on both Windows/Mac and one of the reasons why we chose it).

npm install bower -g

§ What Else Is There?

With so many packages to choose from, we recommend a few libraries to use with Typeplate to compliment. Bon Appetite!

  1. FitText.js – A jQuery plugin for inflating web type
  2. LETTERING.JS – A jQuery plugin for radical web typography
  3. MOLTEN LEADING - Slingin ’ Hot Leading
  4. Team Sass Modular Scale - Sassy Modular Scale

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