Managing Pattern Assets

Assets for patterns - including JavaScript, CSS, and images - should be stored and edited in the ./source/ directory. Pattern Lab will move these assets to the ./public/ directory for you when you generate your site or when you watch the ./source/ directory for changes. You can name and organize your assets however you like. If you would like to use ./source/stylesheets/ to store your styles instead of ./source/css/ you can do that. The structure will be maintained when they're moved to the ./public/ directory.

Pattern Lab ships with copy tasks in the Gruntfile.js or Gulpfile.js of the Editions that copy your assets for you.

This structure is meant to be extended to suit your purposes. Change targets, move files, or ignore certain filetypes altogether. Note: If you make changes to Gruntfile.js or Gulpfile.js, such as to copy a new directory, and have auto re-generation and browser reload enable, you will need to stop and start your tasks to pick up the changes.

Configuring Asset Locationspermalink

Pattern Lab has a configuration object which allows users to separate source patterns and assets from what is generated. The paths are managed within patternlab-config.json, found at the root of the edition project. The contents are sampled here:

  "paths" : {
"source" : {
"root": "./source/",
"patterns" : "./source/_patterns/",
"data" : "./source/_data/",
"meta": "./source/_meta/",
"annotations" : "./source/_annotations/",
"styleguide" : "./node_modules/styleguidekit-assets-default/dist/",
"patternlabFiles" : "./node_modules/styleguidekit-mustache-default/views/",
"js" : "./source/js",
"images" : "./source/images",
"fonts" : "./source/fonts",
"css" : "./source/css/"
"public" : {
"root" : "./public/",
"patterns" : "./public/patterns/",
"data" : "./public/styleguide/data/",
"annotations" : "./public/annotations/",
"styleguide" : "./public/styleguide/",
"js" : "./public/js",
"images" : "./public/images",
"fonts" : "./public/fonts",
"css" : "./public/css"

Note how some sets of files even extend into the "vendor" ./node_modules/ directory. Relative paths are the default but absolute paths are supported also. You may also use these paths within the Grunt or Gulp taskfiles by referring to the paths() function.

Static assets like Javascript and CSS are not added automagically to your patterns. You need to add them manually to the shared pattern header and footer.