[Freeipa-devel] Changing RCUE to PatternFly

Alexander Bokovoy abokovoy at redhat.com
Fri Apr 4 07:49:51 UTC 2014

On Thu, 03 Apr 2014, Petr Vobornik wrote:
>Hi all,
>this is a notice about what I'm going to do so you can raise 
>objections before I spend any time on it.
>== Intro ==
>First some facts:
>1. RCUE was based on Bootstrap 2 (BS2), it used BS2 css file and 
>provided it's own less files with overrides
>2. the RCUE adoption started with this version at the end of last year
>3. during the winter RCUE was renamed to PatternFly and rebased on 
>Bootstrap 3. It doesn't use BS 3 CSS file anymore but it uses its 
>LESS files to make just one output CSS.
>4. PatternFly+Bootstrap 3 LESS files can be compiled only by NodeJS 
>less compiler atm. Support in python-lesscpy is being implemented by 
>OpenStack guys.
>I planned to upgrade from RCUE to PatternFly when python-lesscpy  was 
>ready but now it seems that it will happen no sooner than in F21.
>As the adoption goes forward I need more stuff from PatternFly 
>(styles for tables, alerts, tabs,...). Using RCUE and cherry picking 
>from BS3 and PatternFly is messy and creates more work. So I decided 
>to upgrade now.
>The issue with css file provided by PatternFly project is that, that 
>it contains font definitions which force us to bundle font files.
>== What I'm going to do ==
>- I'll prepare simple less file which will use(combine) all Bootstrap 
>3, PatternFly and FontAwesome LESS files without the ones which force 
>us to bundle fonts (we already have replacements for those).
>- it will be compiled by developer using nodejs-lessc
>- minified output CSS will be added to our git - it should change rarely
>- I'll document how I did it/write script so others can reproduce it 
>later when needed
>No third-party LESS files will be in our git except variables.less 
>from each project so we will be able to use the constants in our 
>style definitions (simplifies upgrades).
>Our own LESS files don't use any new Less markup features so we are 
>still able to compile it with current version of python-lesscpy.

ACK. All proposed seems reasonable.

/ Alexander Bokovoy

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