Building components locally

git clone
cd capital-framework
npm install
npm run build

This will build every component (compiling Less, bundling JS, processing markdown docs) to tmp/ in the project’s root.

Testing components locally

If you’re hacking on a component and want to test it in a local project, use npm link. For example:

cd ~/Projects/capital-framework/ # wherever you cloned this repo
npm run build
cd tmp/cf-buttons
npm link
cd ~/Projects/owning-a-home # whatever project you want to test the component in
npm link cf-buttons

Now ~/Projects/owning-a-home/node_modules/cf-buttons will be a symlink pointing to the ~/Projects/capital-framework/tmp/cf-buttons directory. Whenever you rebuild (npm run build, see above) the CF components, your local owning-a-home project will reference your local tmp/ version of cf-buttons.

Browser testing

Components should be cross browser tested. When contributing code please publicly track the tests you have run using the testing checklist in the pull request description.

JavaScript testing

JavaScript tests can be run with the npm test command. Before making a pull request please publicly track that all tests have passed using the testing checklist in the pull request description.

New unit tests should be written using Jest for any functionality added.

Accessibility testing

Components should conform to Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 level AA guidelines. Accessibility tests are run as part of npm test.

Publishing your changes

After you’ve edited components’ code in src/ and you’re ready to open a PR with your changes:

  1. Create a new branch with your changes.
  2. Increment the version number(s) of whatever components you changed.
  3. Describe your changes in the “Unreleased” section of
  4. Go to and open a pull request to merge your branch into canary.

Check out example workflows of the above process.

Coding style

In lieu of a formal style guide, take care to maintain the existing coding style.

Adhere to any linting errors or warnings

Linting tasks that are set up within component build processes are there to promote consistency. When contributing code please publicly track that there are no linting errors or warnings using the testing checklist in the pull request description.

Follow our CSS naming conventions

We are using a customized BEM format


Avoid creating elements of modifiers

Appending an element name to a modifier class can result in a confusing class name like .list__space_item. Avoid this in favor of using a descendant, like this: .list__spaced .list_item.

Shoot for mobile first declarations

In most cases styles should be declared mobile first, then enhanced with min-width media queries. By doing this we create a base experience that all devices can use and one that does not require media query support.


The project is in the public domain within the United States, and copyright and related rights in the work worldwide are waived through the CC0 1.0 Universal public domain dedication.

All contributions to this project will be released under the CC0 dedication. By submitting a pull request, you are agreeing to comply with this waiver of copyright interest.