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Texas Tribune Sass

Project description

Collection of Sass styles and mixins for use at the Texas Tribune.

Installation and Configuration

You can install this using pip like this:

pip install tt_sass

Once installed, you need to add it to your INSTALLED_APPS. You can do that however you like or you can copy-and-paste this in after your INSTALLED_APPS are defined.

INSTALLED_APPS += ['tt_sass', ]

tt_sass relies on django-staticfiles in order to work. You must run the collectstatic command inside your project like this:

python collectstatic --link

Remember, you must re-run this command any time you add new staticfiles.

Now you’re ready to start using tt_sass.


You can use this inside your Sass by adding the following:

@import "tt_sass/texastribune"

Once you’ve done that, you need to compile your Sass. Assuming you’re using the default Texas Tribune setup of having a static directory at your project root, you should run the following:

sass --load-path=static/ --watch --poll --compass static

This command setups up the path correctly for all of your code and watches the file for changes.

Using the Grid

The grid is based off of Chris Coyer’s simple grid. The syntax has been changed around a little bit and it’s been mixinified, but the concept is the same.

To create a grid, similar to a row in frameworks like Foundation and Bootstrap, you use the .grid class. Inside a grid, you add cells and tell them how far to span. For example, you do this to create a grid with 12 columns (the default) and two cells, one of 8 columns and one of 4 columns:

<div class="grid">
    <div class="cell w-8"></div>
    <div class="cell w-4"></div>

Creating a Semantic Grid


Using the Responsive Mixins

tt_sass provides you with a breakpoint mixin for handling responsive design. It ships with the following breakpoints built-in:

defaults to max-width: 320px
defaults to max-width: 720px
defaults to min-width: 720px
defaults to min-width: 960px

You can over ride any of these values by setting a variable by their name prior to importing tt_sass/texastribune.

You use the mixin like this:

        font-size: 1.2em
        font-size: 1.1em
        font-size: 1.0em

You can specify an arbitrary breakpoint as well:

    +breakpoint("max-width: 500px")
        background-color: red

Various Helpers



All of these are being documented in the example/ Django project. See that directory for instructions on how to run that project.


This project is released in hopes that it helps people understand how you might build your own Sass framework for use in the context of a Django project. As such, contributions from those outside the Texas Tribune probably won’t be accepted.

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