How to use this styleguide


This Fractal styleguide is used to to develop and document our design system.


The component documentation should include:

  • Details on what the purpose of the component is and what problem does it solve
  • Implementation details on how to use this component
  • Responsive behavior
  • Where to use this component
  • Variants and when to use them

Use the component documentation template _00-template/ when you create a new component.


We're using handlebars for the templating language. Note this is different than the Liquid system that Jekyll uses. Fractal provides a few extra helpers to the templates.

The template itself is documentation and should only include the markup core to the component. Including complex use cases distracts from the core functionality. Including container elements for display is also confusing because it becomes unclear if the containing element is required for the component to work.


Use the path helper to map asset paths to their correct URL.

<img class="header-image" src="\{{ path '/img/NRRD-logo.svg' }}" alt="Logo">

Use variants when appropriate

When components come in different flavors, use variants to show them.

If the markup or purpose of a component is significantly different, you probably want a separate component rather than a variant.

Responsive components

For responsive components, set the display min-width/max-width in the component configuration so that they display correctly in the styleguide. This avoids elements disappearing because the viewport is too small or too big (triggering the wrong responsive behavior).


These are some helpful utilities to build components within the styleguide.


These helpers can be used within the handlebar templates.


Converts an object to a JSON string. This can be used to convert a data object into a string for use in a data attribute in HTML. e.g.

<eiti-bar-chart data="\{{jsonify data}}"></eiti-bar-chart>

Context variables

container (object)

An object to configure the preview container and how it should behave. Include this variable in a components' context in order to add a container class to the preview. By default, no container element is used.

classesstringThe container classes to add.container-left-9
slabstringThe slab suffix to add a slab to the container.beta-mid