Dynamic Goodreads SASS formatting


Putting up some code that might be useful to others when formatting Goodreads widgets using dynamic class creation in SASS.

Over at my reading list and book mini-reviews page, I've re-formatted the Goodreads widgets to save space and look a bit nicer. Originally was editing a bunch of CSS, but like other parts of the site, decided to migrate it over the SCSS. Below is the resulting code that allows me to compactly define the CSS stylesheet for all the different widgets. Since Goodreads javascript dynamically calls the html, I can't control the naming of the classes but they are similar across widgets that I can use @each loops, @extends (to define the actually styles) and lists to dynamically create all the CSS needed for that page. I used @extends instead of @include in this case because didn't need dynamic variables input to mixins and currently @include doesn't work with dynamic variables. The % signs are just placeholder selectors used in lieu of . and # normally seen with classes and ids.

See below for the code, useful either as a template for modifying your own SCSS or just as an example for nested @each loops in SCSS and combining them with @extends to dynamically define a group of classes easily.

download goodreads.scss

  1. /*======================================*/
  2. /*Dynamically create Goodreads classes*/
  3. $container-list: 1406083933 1421607017 1402318543 1402387978;
  4. $tag-list: "gr_custom_container" "gr_custom_header" "gr_custom_each_container" "gr_custom_book_container" "gr_custom_author" "gr_custom_tags" "gr_custom_rating";
  5. @each $container in $container-list {
  6.     @each $tag in $tag-list {
  7.       .#{$tag}_#{$container} {
  8.         @extend %#{$tag};
  9.       }
  10.     }
  11. }
  12. /*Modify images to make them standard across classes*/
  13. $container-list: 1406083933 1421607017 1402318543 1402387978;
  14. $tag-list: "gr_custom_book_container";
  15. @each $container in $container-list {
  16.     @each $tag in $tag-list {
  17.       .#{$tag}_#{$container} img{
  18.         width:100%;
  19.       }
  20.     }
  21. }
  22. /*======================================*/
  23. /*Placeholder selectors for later use with @extends*/
  24. %gr_custom_container{
  25.   /* customize your Goodreads widget container here*/
  26.   padding: 10px 5px 10px 5px;
  27.   background-color: transparent;
  28.   color: #000000;
  29.   width: 100%;
  30.   -webkit-column-count: 3; /* Chrome, Safari, Opera */
  31.       -moz-column-count: 3; /* Firefox */
  32.       column-count: 3;
  33.   @media only screen and (max-width : 1000px){
  34.     -webkit-column-count: 1; /* Chrome, Safari, Opera */
  35.         -moz-column-count: 1; /* Firefox */
  36.         column-count: 1;
  37.   }
  38. }
  39. %gr_custom_header{
  40.   /* customize your Goodreads header here*/
  41.   border-bottom: 1px solid gray;
  42.   width: 100%;
  43.   margin-bottom: 5px;
  44.   text-align: center;
  45.   font-size: 120%;
  46.   display:none;
  47. }
  48. %gr_custom_each_container{
  49.   /* customize each individual book container here */
  50.   width: 95%;
  51.   display: inline-table;
  52.   clear: both;
  53.   margin-bottom: 19px;
  54.   overflow: auto;
  55.   padding-bottom: 4px;
  56.   /*border-bottom: 5px solid #aaa;*/
  57.   border: 1px solid #aaa;
  58.   background-color: rgb(242,242,242);
  59.   @media only screen and (max-width : 1000px){
  60.     width: 100%;
  61.   }
  62. }
  63. %gr_custom_book_container{
  64.   /* customize your book covers here */
  65.   overflow: hidden;
  66.   height: 160px;
  67.     float: left;
  68.     margin-right: 4px;
  69.     width: 98px;
  70.     float:left;
  71. }
  72. %gr_custom_author{
  73.   /* customize your author names here */
  74.   font-size: 10px;
  75. }
  76. %gr_custom_tags{
  77.   /* customize your tags here */
  78.   font-size: 10px;
  79.   color: gray;
  80.   display:inline;
  81.   display:none;
  82. }
  83. %gr_custom_rating{
  84.   /* customize your rating stars here */
  85.   /*float: right;*/
  86.   /*display:inline;*/
  87. }
  88. %gr_custom_review{
  89.   display:inline;
  90. }



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