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crds-styles provides the primary CSS framework and global style patterns that power and its related properties.

Any elements and/or implementation details included within the Digital Design Kit (DDK) are provided by this NPM package. Any deviations from the patterns defined there should be implemented in the client application.


There are two options for including crds-styles in your project.

Option #1 (Recommended) - External Build

The easiest way to include crds-styles is by loading the external CSS file. The build is deployed to S3 and is available through our Cloudfront distribution.

This approach is most useful when you don't need to override any styles, or when the styles you're overriding don't require needing crds-styles' (or Bootstrap's) sass variables.


(Note: Replace 2.0.0 with the desired version.)

Option #2 - NPM via package.json

If your project needs to use crds-styles' sass variables or requires that you build crds-styles locally, you can bring it in via NPM in your package.json file.

  "name": "my-project",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "dependencies": {
    "crds-styles": "2.0.0"

You can also use a reference to the GitHub URL in cases where you would like to use upstream changes that haven't yet been released.

  "name": "my-project",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "dependencies": {
    "crds-styles": "crdschurch/crds-styles#development"


Import the stylesheet in your application's main '.scss' file using the following convention. You can optionally override any of the customizable Bootstrap variables prior to import.

@import "~crds-styles/assets/stylesheets/crds-styles";

Note: The tilde character (~) is a shorthand reference to node_modules, provided by either Webpack's SASS Loader or node-sass-tilde-importer, depending on your preferred build configuration.

Local Development - NPM packages

When making changes to crds-styles locally and in wanting them to be reflected in your project, you should follow the NPM/package.json approach for importing styles.

In this case you'll want to link to a local copy of crds-styles. Assuming the crds-styles repo resides in the same local directory as your project, you can do the following to setup the symlink.

$ cd path/to/your/project-directory
$ rm -rf node_modules/crds-styles
$ npm link ../crds-styles


Any project consuming crds-styles will need to update their build process in order to access SVG files. For information on adding new icons to crds-styles please refer to the documentation.

Angular CLI Build

Angular CLI ships with the ability to copy assets into a project. To include the icons (or any other assets), first install crds-styles into your node_modules directory via NPM. Then add the following to your assets config in .angular-cli.json file:

  "apps": [{
    "assets": [
        "glob": "icons.svg",
        "input": "../node_modules/crds-styles/assets/svgs",
        "output": "assets"

Note that you could change icons.svg to * to copy all of crds-styles' svg assets into your project.

Contributing to the DDK

The DDK is now a Jekyll project. The Styleguide is on continuous deployment and updates branches are merged into master.

Styles are still in crds-styles but they are now linked through git submodules instead of npm.

Updating Styles in Styleguide

When working in the new crds-styleguide and crds-styles for the first time you will need to add the crds-styles submodule (We prefer using SSH so you don't need to remember your password.):

$ git submodule add vendor/gems/crds-styles

When working in a new branch/project you must run two commands: git submodule init to initialize your local configuration file, and git submodule update to fetch all the data from that project and check out the appropriate commit listed in your superproject. (From Git Docs)

You will be able to see all your submodules defined in the .gitmodules file.

If you don’t want to have to constantly run git submodule update, you can set a global config to do this for you automatically using: git config --global submodule.recurse true

Commits and PRS

Get Latest Version

Before making changes in crds-styles, it's advisable to make sure you have the latest version.

While in your crds-styleguide branch cd into your submodule folder and then git checkout development. and then git pull origin development.

Next create/checkout the same branch your working on in crds-styleguide.

Make and Push Commits

When you're ready to make commits to your crds-styles changes, make sure you're in your submodule folder on the same branch as your crds-styleguide commits. Make and push your crds-styles commits from here.

After you make commits in crds-styles, cd back to your crds-styleguide branch and run git status. You will see: modified: [your folder path]/crds-styles (modified content)

When you see this, you should add a commit in crds-styleguide to update crds-styles in your project.


When work is ready to be merged into crds-styles and crds-styleguide, work should be merged into crds-styles first.

Outstanding crds-styleguide PRs may need to be updated with the newest crds-styles commit hash before they are merged.


During the Deploy workflow we are utlizing phips28/gh-action-bump-version to bump the version automatically. To view details on how the version is determined please see: Also be aware that PRs to master will also have the merge notes displayed in the github release that is automatically created during the deploy workflow as well.


The build and deploy process for this library is handled in by Github Actions. It is deployed to NPM and S3 and a Github Tag and Github Release is automatically created with the bumped version.


This project is licensed under the 3-Clause BSD License.



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