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JCU Web Framework

The living style guide for University web applications.

Styling for JCU


Where from?

The styles in this web front-end framework are a mixture of those provided by the original Squiz CMS layouts, JCU Brand Manual, and Bootstrap’s original designs. This documentation, forked from the original Bootstrap project, illustrates all available styles for use within projects associated with JCU.

In a number of circumstances, the Squiz CMS layouts use browser defaults (such as font sizes, weights, spacing, margins and so forth). Defaults from Firefox (version 43) have been used to fill this gap and ensure the theme remains consistent across browsers.


  • Webhostinghub-Glyphs
  • OpenSans font
  • jQuery

Theming an application

See Application Theming for details on how to apply these styles to your own projects.

Extending or reusing

For projects with additional requirements, this framework can be extended in the same way that Bootstrap itself can. The original base SCSS files can be included in an extension project and customised further.

Given the complexity and variations between applications, especially those that are vendor-supplied, we expect that all projects will require some degree of customisation. If you have suggestions for customisations that should feature as part of this core framework, contact the web and marketing team, or create an issue at

Decisions and theory

  • Semantic markup is used where possible to for aspects such as header and footer, groups of links with headings (nav + h1), and logical section groupings. It may look like a <h1> is out of place in some examples, but the sectioning ensures the context is correct.

  • Multi-level dropdown menus were removed from Bootstrap for usability reasons and this remains the case for this framework. In cases where multi-level menus might feel required, try simplifying the situation and thinking of another way to get people to the pages or actions you want them to do.

  • Squiz uses its CMS metadata fields to control background images and colours on pages. These then are translated into either inline styles on a rendered page. From a structural point-of-view, this isn’t a sustainable practice, as styles aren’t centrally controlled. In order to simplify this, all repeatable aspects, such as Overlays, are defined in the main style sheet files. This makes for consistency across all systems using the framework, and eliminates a potential maintenance burden from application owners.