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JCU Web Framework

The living style guide for University web applications.


This is the web front-end framework for James Cook University and is used by various web applications at JCU. The JCU Web Framework builds upon Bootstrap, a popular framework for building responsive, mobile-first sites and applications.

This living style guide features reusable components for web applications and provides a starting point for theming JCU projects on the web. The documentation features worked examples of:

  • All Bootstrap standard components
  • Demonstrations of styles fitting in with JCU’s branding guides
  • Customised components, including brand imagery
  • Third party libraries (iconography, fonts)
  • Interactive page templates

No two web applications are identical and how an application owner or vendor themes an app will also. Bootstrap was selected as the base for this project as its ubiquitous nature means that software products and vendors are likely to already have a theming story involving Bootstrap, if they don’t already use Bootstrap by default.

Here’s how to quickly get started with the assets and a template starter page.

Quick start

In this quick start, we’ll focus on the fundamentals of including the assets in a static HTML page.

Heads up! Various download options, including cloning from Git, are available too.

  1. Download the latest release zip, taking note of the version used.

  2. Unzip the files.

  3. Copy-paste the stylesheet <link> into your <head> to load our CSS. It is recommended that you place this before all other stylesheets.

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/jcu.min.css">
  4. Ensure that your site or application has jQuery available. Consult the JavaScript documentation to determine which versions are compatible.

  5. Add the web framework JavaScript plugins near the end of your pages, right before the closing </body> tag. Be sure to place jQuery first as Bootstrap code depends on it:

    <script src="js/jcu.min.js"></script>

And that’s it — you’re on your way to a fully Bootstrapped site. If you’re unsure about the general page structure, see the main Bootstrap Introduction for an example page template.

Your application is probably more complex, but the fundamentals remain the same: you need to serve the framework’s assets (CSS, JavaScript, images, fonts) and add these to your pages.

Learn about application theming