Customization Options

Customize Figuration using Sass variables for global style preferences, color themes, and component adjustments.

Customizing Options

Whenever possible, avoid modifying Figurations's core files. For Sass, that means creating your own stylesheet that imports Figuration so you can modify and extend it. Assuming you've downloaded our source files or are using a package manager, you'll have a file structure that looks like this:

your-project/
+-- scss
| +-- custom.scss
+-- node_modules/
+-- figuration
+-- js
+-- scss

If you are using a download version of our source files, you may need to manually setup something similar to that structure, keeping Figuration's source files separate from your own.

your-project/
+-- scss
| +-- custom.scss
+-- figuration
+-- js
+-- scss

Importing

In your custom.scss, you will import Figuration's source Sass files. Our recommended structure is to pick the parts you need, but you can include everything if desired. Be aware there are some requirements and dependencies across our components, so you may need to include slightly more than you need. Some of our components will also need have our JavaScript included in order to become interactive.

// custom.scss
// Recommended structure for importing Figuration into your
// project allowing for use of Figuration's Sass functions
// in your custom setting overrides

// Required - functions
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/functions";

// Custom - your setting overrides
// typically go in this location

// Required - settings
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/settings";
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/settings-options";

// Custom - your setting removals
// typically go in this location

// Required - mixins
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/mixins";

// Core and Components
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/root";
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/reboot";
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/typography";
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/images";
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/buttons";
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/grid";
...

With that setup in place, you can begin to modify any of the Sass variables and maps in your custom.scss. You can also start to add parts of Figuration under the // Optional section as needed.

Variable Defaults

Every Sass variable, or setting, in Figuration includes the !default flag allowing you to override the variable's default value in your own Sass without modifying Figuration's source code. Copy and paste variables as needed, modify their values, and remove the !default flag. If a variable has already been assigned, then it won't be re-assigned by the default values.

You will find the complete list of Figuration's setting variables in scss/_settings.scss. Some variables are set to null, these variables don't output the property unless they are overridden in your configuration.

Variable overrides within the same Sass file can come before or after the default variables. However, when overriding across Sass files, your overrides must come before you import Figuration's Sass files.

Here's an example that changes the background-color and color for the <body> when importing and compiling Figuration via grunt:

// Required - functions
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/functions";

// Custom - your setting overrides
$body-bg: #000;
$body-color: #fff;

// Required - settings and mixins
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/settings";
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/settings-options";
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/mixins";

// Core and Components
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/reboot";
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/typography";
...

Repeat as necessary for any variable in Figuration, including the global options below.

Sometimes you may need to pull in other variables that you did not plan on. This is due of the order in which the Sass fils are proceesed, and also the use of various functions, that may require their configuration settings to be copied over to your custom.scss.

Sass Maps

Figuration uses a bunch of Sass maps, key-value pairs, to generate certain portions of related CSS. Sass maps are used for grid breakpoints, colors, component sizing, and more.

Just like Sass variables, all Sass maps include the !default flag and can be overridden and extended.

Some of our Sass maps are merged into empty ones by default. This is done to allow easy expansion of a given Sass map, but makes removing items from a map slightly more difficult.

Changing Map Defaults

Change a pre-defined color in the $base-colors map, by adding the following to your custom Sass file:

$base-colors: (
"primary": #004dd1,
"danger": #bb1f11
);

Adding to a Map

Add new colors to $base-colors, or any other map, by creating a new Sass map with your custom values and merging it with the original map. In this case, we'll create a new $custom-colors map and merge it with $base-colors.

// Create your own map
$custom-colors: (
"custom-color": #909
);

// Merge the maps
$base-colors: map-merge($base-colors, $custom-colors);

Removing from a Map

To remove colors from $base-colors, use map-remove(). The same method can be used with other Sass maps.

However, you will need to insert this setting after the Required sections and before the Core and Components section.

Also note, that each component will inherit the $base-colors map, unless previously overridden, before the removal occurs. This means is you may need to remove the colors again for each component where desired.

// Required - functions
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/functions";

// Required - settings and mixins
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/settings";
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/settings-options";
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/mixins";

// Custom map removals go in this location
$base-colors: map-remove($base-colors, "warning", "light", "dark");
$btn-colors: map-remove($btn-colors, "warning", "light", "dark");

// Core and Components
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/reboot";
@import "../node_modules/figuration/scss/typography";
...

Global Options

You can find and customize these variables for key global options in our _settings.scss file.

Variable Values Description
$spacer 1rem (default), or any value > 0 Specifies the default spacer value used to programmatically generate the Spacing utilities.
$enable-rounded true (default) or false Enables predefined border-radius styles on various components.
$enable-shadows true or false (default) Enables predefined box-shadow styles on various components.
$enable-transitions true (default) or false Enables predefined transitions on various components.
$enable-transitions-reduced true (default) or false Enables the generation of prefers-reduced-motion media query, which suppresses certain animations/transitions based on the users' browser/operating system preferences.
$enable-grid-classes true (default) or false Enables the generation of CSS classes for the grid system (e.g. .container, .row, .col-md-1, etc.).
$enable-print-styles true (default) or false Enables predefined style overrides used when printing.
$enable-palette true (default) or false Enables the generation of CSS classes for the palette color themes (e.g. .text-blue-500, etc.).
$enable-sizing true (default) or false Enables the generation of CSS classes for component sizes, and also for some utilites. (e.g. .btn-small, .radius-t-xsmall, etc.).
$enable-bp-smallest true or false (default) Enables the generation of CSS classes for breakpoint sizes that include the smallest breakpoint designator. (e.g. .col-xs-12). Also refer to the Breakpoint Nomenclature section.
$enable-rfs-fluid true or false (default) Enables the *fluid* Responsive typography option, , which fluidly scales element's font-size based on the dimensions of the viewport. See the Responsive Typography section for more details.
$enable-rfs-scale true or false (default) Enables the *scaled* Responsive typography option, which scales element's font-size on a per breakpoint basis. See the Responsive Typography section for more details.
There are additional options in our `_settings_options.scss` that can be used to optionally disable the CSS generation for certain sets, or subsets, of components and utilities. More information about these setting options can be found on the respective pages for each component and utility.

Color

Learn about Figuration's colors, themes, palette system, and how to more about customizing it over on the color documentation page.

Component Sizes

The button, button group, pagination, form-control and input-group components all use the same base sizing settings for consistency.

By using a map, we can be sure the components are all the same height when horizontally aligned.

You can modify, remove, or add additional sizes, beyond the default sizing, by redefining the $component-sizes map. The null values will use the component's default line-height and em padding for the that particular size variant.

Below is the default additional settings for reference.

// Used for button, button groups, pagination, form-control, and input-group
$component-sizes: (
"xsmall": (
"padding-y": null,
"padding-x": null,
"font-size": ($font-size-base * .75),
"line-height": null,
"border-radius": .1875rem
),
"small": (
"padding-y": null,
"padding-x": null,
"font-size": ($font-size-base * .875),
"line-height": null,
"border-radius": .1875rem
),
"large": (
"padding-y": null,
"padding-x": null,
"font-size": ($font-size-base * 1.125),
"line-height": null,
"border-radius": .3125rem
),
"xlarge": (
"padding-y": null,
"padding-x": null,
"font-size": ($font-size-base * 1.25),
"line-height": null,
"border-radius": .3125rem
)
);

If you wish to have more concise control over components, you can always force the sizing values to fit your needs.

// Used for button, button groups, pagination, form-control, and input-group
$component-sizes: (
"xsmall": (
"padding-y": .1875rem,
"padding-x": .375rem,
"font-size": .75rem,
"line-height": 1.5,
"border-radius": .1875rem
),
"small": (
"padding-y": .25rem,
"padding-x": .5rem,
"font-size": .875rem,
"line-height": 1.5,
"border-radius": .1875rem
),
"large": (
"padding-y": .625rem,
"padding-x": 1.25rem,
"font-size": 1.25rem,
"line-height": 1.5,
"border-radius": .3125rem
),
"xlarge": (
"padding-y": .75rem,
"padding-x": 1.5rem,
"font-size": 1.5rem,
"line-height": 1.5,
"border-radius": .3125rem
)
);

Encoding SVG

An encode-svg function is available in our SASS to encode the <, > and # characters for SVG images provided through data URLs. These characters need to be encoded to properly render the background images in some browsers, such as IE.

$form-checkradio-radio-icon: encode-svg(url("data:image/svg+xml,<svg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='-4 -4 8 8'><circle fill='#{$form-checkradio-checked-color}' r='3'/></svg>")) !default;

CSS Variables

Figuration includes some CSS custom properties (variables) in its compiled CSS. These provide easy access to commonly used values like the theme colors, breakpoints, and primary font stacks when working in your browser's Inspector, a code sandbox, or general prototyping.

Available Variables

Here are the variables we include (note that the :root is required). They're located in our _root.scss file.

:root {
--color-primary: #0055e9;
--color-secondary: #5e7182;
--color-info: #1680a4;
--color-success: #0e8a16;
--color-warning: #f8c223;
--color-danger: #d42314;
--color-light: #eff1f3;
--color-dark: #343e48;
--color-uibase: #5e7182;
--color-gray: #666;
--breakpoint-xs: 0;
--breakpoint-sm: 36em;
--breakpoint-md: 48em;
--breakpoint-lg: 62em;
--breakpoint-xl: 75em;
--font-family-sans-serif: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, "Segoe UI", Roboto, "Noto Sans", "Helvetica Neue", Arial, sans-serif, "Apple Color Emoji", "Segoe UI Emoji", "Segoe UI Symbol", "Noto Color Emoji";
--font-family-serif: Georgia, "Times New Roman", Times, serif;
--font-family-monospace: SFMono-Regular, Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, "Liberation Mono", "Courier New", monospace;
}

Examples

CSS variables offer similar flexibility to Sass's variables, but without the need for compilation before being served to the browser. For example, here we are resetting the font and link styles with CSS variables.

body {
font: 1rem/1.5 var(--font-family-sans-serif);
}
a {
color: var(--color-primary);
}

Breakpoint Variables

While breakpoints are included in the CSS variables (e.g., --breakpoint-md), these are not supported in media queries, but they can still be used within rulesets in media queries. Learn more in the spec. The intention of including the breakpoints as CSS variables is for use in JavaScript. See some information about working with custom properties in JavaScript.

Here's an example of what's not supported:

@media (min-width: var(--breakpoint-sm)) {
...
}

And here's an example of what is supported:

@media (min-width: 48em) {
.custom-element {
color: var(--color-primary);
}
}

SASS Reference

Variables

Here are some Customization options, or Sass variables, that can be customized for generating the root CSS variables.

Name Type Default Description
$enable-root boolean true Enable the generation of root CSS variables. Smaller segements of the root CSS variables can be disabled with the following $enable-* variables.
$enable-root-colors boolean true Enable the generation of the color CSS variables.
$enable-root-breakpoints boolean true Enable the generation of the breakpoint CSS variables.
$enable-root-fonts boolean true Enable the generation of the font CSS variables.

Mixins

No mixins available.