less-tests

LESS CSS test-suite. Run any kind of test on LESS stylesheets.

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LESS CSS test-suite. Run any kind of test on LESS stylesheets.

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Getting Help

LESS Tests has many more features than we've been able to document thus far. So while we work to improve the docs, please let us know if you have any questions or have any trouble getting LESS Tests to work. And feel free to create an Issue, we're here to help.

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Table of Contents

Quick start

This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.1

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to read the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins.

Then install the required local dependencies and this plugin with this command:

$ npm install

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:

grunt.loadNpmTasks('less-tests');

When completed, you'll be able to run the various grunt commands provided:

compile - grunt less

Runs the Less.js compiler to rebuild the specified /test/fixtures/*.less files. Requires Less.js and assemble-less.

watch - grunt watch

This is a convenience task to "Run predefined tasks whenever watched file patterns are added, changed or deleted". Requires grunt-contrib-watch, npm i grunt-contrib-watch.

Should you encounter problems with installing dependencies or running the grunt commands, be sure to first uninstall any previous versions (global and local) you may have installed, and then rerun npm install.

The "less" task

In your project's Gruntfile, the less task is already configured with a number of build targets. This is for convenience to show you how to create your own tests:

grunt.initConfig({
  // This is a task
  less: {
    options: {
      // Task-specific options go here.
    },
    // This is a target
    example: {
      options: {
        // Target-specific options go here.
      },
      files: {
        'dest/files': ['source/files/*.*']
      }
    }
  },
  jshint: {
    ...
  }
});
grunt.loadNpmTasks('assemble-less');

grunt.registerTask('default', [
  'jshint', 
  'less'
]);

Task targets, files and options may be specified according to the grunt Configuring tasks guide.

Options

Custom Options

Options developed specifically for the assemble-less plugin

lessrc

Type: String Default value: null

A convenience option for externalizing task options into a .lessrc file. If this file is specified, options defined therein will be used.

less: {
  options: grunt.file.readJSON('.lessrc')
}

The .lessrc file must be valid JSON and looks something like this:

{
  "require": null,
  "concat": false,
  "compress": false,
  "yuicompress": false,
  "optimization": 03,
  "strictImports": true,
  "dumpLineNumbers": false,
  "strictMaths": false,
  "strictUnits": false
}

require

Type: String|Array Default: empty string

Specified files will be prepended to the beginning of src files, not to the concatenated output. This feature is useful for "inlining" globaly-required LESS files, such as variables or mixins, so that they do not need to be referenced with @import statements inside any individual files.

concat

Type: Boolean Default: true

Concatenate all source files by default. If you change the value to false, all source files will compile into individual files.

version

Type: String Default: less

Specify the version of Less.js that you wish to use for compiling to CSS. Useful for testing.

globals (under consideration)

Type: Object Default: null

Data object for defining global variables inside the Gruntfile which will be accessible in LESS files.

Standard Options

These options will be passed through directly to Less.js

See the Less.js documentation for more info about supported options.

paths

Type: String|Array Default: Directory of input files

Specifies directories to scan for @import directives when parsing. The default value is the directory of the specified source files. In other words, the paths option allows you to specify paths for your @import statements in the less task, as an alternative to specifying a path on every @import statement that appears throughout your LESS files. So instead of doing this:

@import "path/to/my/less/files/mixins/mixins.less";

you can do this:

@import "mixins.less";

compress

Type: Boolean Default: false

Specifies if we should compress the compiled css by removing some whitespaces.

yuicompress

Type: Boolean Default: false

Compress output using cssmin.js.

optimization

Type: Integer Default: null

Set the parser's optimization level. The lower the number, the less nodes it will create in the tree. This could matter for debugging, or if you want to access the individual nodes in the tree.

strictImports

Type: Boolean Default: false

Force evaluation of imports.

strictMaths

Type: Boolean Default: true

Force operations to be enclosed within parenthesis, (2 / 6).

strictUnits

Type: Boolean Default: true

Force strict evaluation of units. If set to false the compiler will not throw an error with operations such as (3 * 1em).

dumpLineNumbers

Type: String Default: false

Configures -sass-debug-info support. Accepts following values: comments, mediaquery, all.


Usage Examples

Compile

less: {
  selectors_test: {
    files: {
      'selectors.css': ['selectors.less']
    }
  }
}

Concatenate and Compile

As an alternative to using @import to "inline" .less files, you can specify an array of src paths and they will be concatenated.

less: {
  dist: {
    files: {
      'test.css': ['reset.less', 'test.less']
    }
  }
}

Compile multiple files individually

You can specify multiple destination: [source] items in files.

less: {
  dist: {
    files: {
      'test.css': ['test.less'],
      'mixins.css': ['mixins.less']
    }
  }
}

Custom Options

In this example, the paths and requires options are used:

less: {
  development: {
    options: {
      paths: ['test/fixtures'],
      require: [
        'globals/variables.less',
        'globals/mixins.less'
      ]
    },
    files: {
      'styles.css': ['styles.less']
    }
  },
  production: {
    options: {
      paths: ['assets/less'],
      yuicompress: true
    },
    files: {
      'styles.min.css': ['styles.less']
    }
  }
}

Concatenate and Compile

Grunt supports filename expansion (also know as globbing) via the built-in node-glob and minimatch libraries. So Templates may be used in filepaths or glob patterns.

debug: {
  options: {
    paths:   ['<%= less.debug.import %>']
  },
  src:  ['<%= less.test.imports %>', 'test/fixtures/*.less'],
  dest: 'test/result/debug'
}

For more on glob pattern syntax, see the node-glob and minimatch documentation.

About

This project uses the extremely flexible assemble-less Grunt plugin for compiling LESS to CSS. The less plugin leverages JSON and underscore for defining any number of LESS "bundles", UI components, compressed stylesheets or themes.

Companion projects

  • assemble: a Grunt plugin for quickly launching static web projects by emphasizing a strong separation of concerns between structure, style, content and configuration.
  • assemble-less: a LESS / CSS test-suite that uses assemble-less to enable you to run any kind of test on LESS stylesheets.

Credit

This Grunt.js plugin and some of the documentation on this page, is derived from grunt-contrib-less, authored by Tyler Kellen. This plugin was modified for this project to concat LESS files first, and then compile them into CSS files. This allows for prepending globally required LESS files, and it also adds the ability to build out individual CSS files, rather than building a single conctatenated file.

Contributing

Want to help make less-tests even better? All constructive feedback and contributions are welcome, so please consider contributing! We can always use help creating, tests, documentation or resolving Issues, but if you have other ideas for how you can help, Brian and I would love to hear them!

https://github.com/upstage/less-tests/issues

Authors

Jon Schlinkert

Brian Woodward

Copyright 2013 Assemble

MIT License

Release History

  • 2013-03-17 v0.3.0 Adds new option to specify the version of less.js to use for compiling to CSS
  • 2013-03-14 v0.2.3 adds new options from Less.js 1.4.0
  • 2013-03-09 v0.2.0 in bootstrap.json, changed the path to bootstrap folder, new globals object new targets for single component, bootstrap.less lib, ignore pattern.
  • 2013-03-08 v0.1.7 Enhanced boostrap.json model. Many task improvements. Greatly improved examples, readme updates.
  • 2013-02-27 v0.1.2 Add support for requires option Add support for concat option
  • 2013-02-27 v0.1.0 First commit.

Roadmap

  • Options for upcoming features in Less.js, such as 'silentImport'.
  • variables option for modifying LESS variables directly inside the Gruntfile.
  • upstage option for importing components from the upstage component library.

Authored by Jon Schlinkert

This file was generated using Grunt and assemble on Sun Mar 24 2013 15:03:14.

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