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    A lion based design system as a starter kit for Backlight, an all-in-one Design System platform, design inspired by TailwindCSS.

    🔗 See it in action

    Click the "Edit" button to also see the source code in the Backlight editor.


    • 🍴 Easy to fork and create your own variation using Backlight
    • ⚒️ Interoperable, built on top of platform-standards, works in any framework
    • 🌙 Darkmode out of the box
    • 🦄 Theming capabilities, choose any color from Tailwind palette out of the box, with room for more!
    • 📦 Available on NPM to extend or use directly

    In case you don't use but use straight from NPM, refer to our usage from NPM guide.


    Migrating to a new minor (since this is alpha), see Migration Docs.


    Duplicate in Backlight

    This is the recommended way, as backlight gives you an all-in-one Design System platform.

    In order to create your own project from this starter kit using Backlight, go to the Backlight website and sign up, request early access, or log in if you already have an account.

    Make sure you have a Backlight Workspace, then go to simba-starter on backlight and click the Duplicate button in the top right corner, this will create a project based on this starter-kit for you.

    import { html } from '~/core';
    import '~/button/define';
    export const templ = html`<simba-button>Submit</simba-button>`;


    See our Contribution Guidelines



    Lion comes with type definition files and can be used in TypeScript. At the moment, simba-starter does not come with types out of the box just yet, but as this starter-kit progresses, we may add them, either by converting the project to Typescript or by using JSDocs similar to Lion's setup.


    Lion comes with thousands of tests already, so 95% of the functionality that simba relies on is quite thoroughly unit-tested already. That said, simba adds opinionated extensions on top of lion that are not tested as of now. This will likely be added later and contributions are of course welcome.


    For documentation, we opt for MDJS, Markdown Javascript. This is markdown files with custom codeblock syntaxes to allow for interactive demos, right in the middle of your written documentation. We believe this is a good way to showcase components, as it is both narrative and live-demo-based. If you use Backlight, MDJS integration comes out of the box, so you can go ahead and start writing your MDJS-markdown files straight away without any setup!


    In the studio.config.json we define the structure of this starter-kit, which basically consists of four sections:

    • Tokens, values such as colors and spacings, needed to construct and maintain the design system and components
    • Components, lion-based UI components
    • Infrastructure, utilities and mixins used across multiple components.
    • Docs, any utilities used to style the documentation in Backlight or add functionality.

    Importing lion modules

    At this moment, simba does not re-export everything from @lion just yet. Everything from @lion/core is re-exported, meaning that you can import things like html, LitElement, etc. from @divriots/simba-starter/core or ~/core locally. This is recommended, because it avoids deduplication issues.

    If you need to import from @lion directly, it's important that installations of lion and its dependencies are properly deduped. In Backlight, this is taken care of for you on the backend, and you won't have to worry about it. If you use starter-simba outside of Backlight, you will need to ensure that deduplication is handled, otherwise you will run into breaking bugs.

    !important in ::slotted selectors

    Right now, as per W3C specs, ::slotted CSS specificity is just that of a pseudo element. Unlike :host, it does not include the specificity of the passed argument selector.

    This means that almost any selector from outside that targets the slotted element will override your ::slotted CSS. This is not ideal, there's an open issue to try to improve this.

    For now the workaround is to use !important for all your CSS rules inside ::slotted to protect them from being overriden by the outside. Sadly, this means you will have to fight cascade battles and use !important yourself too, which is probably worse than fighting specificity battles, but so be it until the spec changes.



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