Make Your Life Easier With CSS Architecture!

CSS doesn't suck (or at least it doesn't have to)! The days of the monolithic styles.css page are gone! Use Clarion to help you and your teams build better projects that are easier to maintain, collaborate in, and do amazing things. The last thing you need to do is waste your time wrestling with styles that don't seem to cooperate.


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Maintainable and Scalable CSS

The Clarion CSS Architecture is designed so your CSS actually "cascades" and allows you to avoid sprinkling those pesky !important attributes throughout your code. Now you can avoid spending hours trying to figure out why your menu won't align properly.

Docs on Architecture →
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Easy Scaffolding

Creating new projects and making sure all of the necessary components are working properly can slow things WAY down. After you've done that, adding new files and maintaining references can get confusing and frustrating. Using the CLI, you can scaffold out projects and create new integrated style sheets with no additional work.

Docs on the CLI →
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Use Your Favorite Tools

Clarion makes it easy to use your favorite tools! Write your styles in SASS, SCSS, or LESS. Run your projects with your favorite task runners and bundlers like Grunt, Gulp, WebPack, or Parcel. the goal is to get you up and running as quickly as possible and help you create amazing things.

Docs on New Projects →

Getting Started

Make sure you have Node.js and npm installed.

The default project uses webpack and webpack-dev-server and will need to be installed. Check out the documentation to see how to use other bundlers and task runners.

Terminal: New Project Quick-Steps
>npm install -g clarion webpack webpack-dev-server
>clarion new MyProject
>cd MyProject
>npm run dev
Get started in just a few steps!

Your New Project

The default project is configured with SASS using the .scss syntax and webpack as the compiler and module manager.

The project architecture implements the Clarion CSS Architecture.

Adding a New File

Additional style files can easily be manged through the CLI as well. In your terminal type the following command:

clarion add element headings

This will create the file _headings.scss in the 03_Elements directory as well as add @import '_headings.scss'; import statement to the directory manifest file so it can be included in your final CSS file.

Removing a File

Similar to adding a file, removing files can also be done through the CLI:

clarion remove element headings

This will remove the file _headings.scss in the 03_Elements directory as well as remove @import '_headings.scss'; import statement from the directory manifest file.

Building Your Project for Production

To build your application for final use, run the build command:

npm run build

The final compiled JavaScript and CSS file are in build directory in the root of your project.

What Next?

Check out the documentation to see what other amazing things you can do with Clarion!