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Version: 1.0.1

Sprite Tutorial

Customization Options

Options Applying to All Sprite Maps

These options allow you to customize the behavior of all sprites referenced in your stylesheet. In many cases, there's a configuration option that allows you to change the default for that sprite map or even an individual sprite image.

NOTE: These configuration options must be set before you import the sprites.

  • $sprite-selectors - Which interaction states should be considered for creating magic sprite selectors.
  • $disable-magic-sprite-selectors - Set to true to turn off magic selectors. Defaults to false.
  • $default-sprite-separator - Defaults to a dash. You can set this to an underscore ("_") if you're one of those people.

Options per Sprite Map

When constructing the sprite map, the entire sprite map and its associated stylesheet can be configured in the following ways. Each option is specified by setting a configuration variable before importing the sprite. The variables are named according to the name of the folder containing the sprites. In the examples below the sprites were contained within a folder called icon.

  • $<map>-spacing -- The amount of transparent space, in pixels, around each sprite. Defaults to 0px. E.g. $icon-spacing: 20px.
  • $<map>-repeat -- Whether or not each sprite should repeat along the x axis. Defaults to no-repeat. E.g. $icon-repeat: repeat-x.
  • $<map>-position -- The position of the sprite in the sprite map along the x-axis. Can be specified in pixels or percentage of the sprite map's width. 100% would cause the sprite to be on the right-hand side of the sprite map. Defaults to 0px. E.g. $icon-position: 100%.
  • $<map>-sprite-dimensions -- Whether or not the dimensions of the sprite should be included in each sprite's CSS output. Can be true or false. Defaults to false.
  • $<map>-sprite-base-class -- The base class for these sprites. Defaults to .<map>-sprite. E.g. $icon-sprite-base-class: ".action-icon"
  • $<map>-clean-up -- Whether or not to removed the old sprite file when a new one is created. Defaults to true
  • $<map>-class-separator -- If you set this to an underscore ("_") then all the generated selectors for this sprite will use underscores instead dashes. To change this value for all sprites, set $default-sprite-separator to an underscore.

Options per Sprite

When constructing the sprite map, each sprite can be configured in the following ways:

  • $<map>-<sprite>-spacing -- The amount of transparent space, in pixels, around the sprite. Defaults to the sprite map's spacing which defaults to 0px. E.g. $icon-new-spacing: 20px.
  • $<map>-<sprite>-repeat -- Whether or not the sprite should repeat along the x axis. Defaults to the sprite map's repeat which defaults to no-repeat. E.g. $icon-new-repeat: repeat-x.
  • $<map>-<sprite>-position -- The position of the sprite in the sprite map along the x-axis. Can be specified in pixels or percentage of the sprite map's width. 100% would cause the sprite to be on the right-hand side of the sprite map. Defaults to the sprite map's position value which defaults to 0px. E.g. $icon-new-position: 100%.