MyGov Assets

The MyGov Assets repository provides static web assets for websites and web applications for the Scottish Government and other Scottish public sector bodies.

More detailed documentation and usage notes for individual pieces of MyGov Assets can be found in the docs folder.

Building

Source Sass files can be found in the scss folder along with a sample “main” SCSS file, mygov-assets.scss, that you can use as a base for your own site’s CSS.

To download dependencies required to build this project:

Run npm install. This will install dependencies into the node_modules directory.

To build CSS files from the Sass sources:

Compile mygov-assets.scss using a Sass compiler.

We have provided a Compass config file if Compass is your tool of choice. Run compass compile from the mygov-assets directory to compile mygov-assets.scss.

Anatomy of MyGov Assets

mygov-assets.scss is broken up into a few important pieces: grid, core, form elements, components, and trumps.

Grid

MyGov currently uses CSSWizardry Grids for its grid system. Its syntax is slightly fiddly since you need to eliminate whitespace between grid elements. See https://github.com/csswizardry/csswizardry-grids on GitHub for implementation notes.

Regardless of the grid system you use, in the vast majority of cases you should use additional elements for your grid structure. This keeps your pages’ layout and content separate, helping flexibility and maintainability.

A trivial example

You do not want this:

<div class="grid"><!--
  --><h1 class="grid__item tablet--nine-twelfths">A title</h1><!--
  --><form class="grid__item tablet--three-twelfths">
      
  </form><!--
--></div>

You do want this:

<div class="grid"><!--
    --><div class="grid__item tablet--nine-twelfths">
        <h1>A title</h1>
    </div><!--
    --><div class="grid__item tablet--three-twelfths">
        <form>
            
        </form>
    </div><!--
--></div>

In the second example the content (the form and the h1) is not in any way tied to the grid and can be freely moved.

Core

MyGov Assets core contains styles that are required for correct display of all of the MyGov Assets components. Everything else in MyGov Assets is optional depending on your project’s requirements, but you should always include _core.scss.

Form elements

MyGov Assets form elements contains styling for form-related elements. You should include _form-elements.scss if your project uses forms in any way.

Components

MyGov Assets components are discrete pieces of SCSS required for the display of particular components of a site, such as styling for multi-page navigation or search results. Include all of them or pick and choose the ones that you need.

Trumps

MyGov Assets trumps provide overrides for styles defined in component files where a more specific implementation of a component is desired. They typically extend or augment an existing component.

Style and conventions

  • Organise CSS/SCSS code in ITCSS format
  • CSS/SCSS follows BEM