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  • Define styled components
  • Use Garden syntax for CSS, or Girouette (Tailwind-style) utility class names
  • Have styling live close to, but separate from DOM structure
  • Compile to plain CSS files as a compile step
  • Use components in any Hiccup implementation, frontend or backend


To use the latest release, add the following to your deps.edn (Clojure CLI)

com.lambdaisland/ornament {:mvn/version "1.12.107"}

or add the following to your project.clj (Leiningen)

[com.lambdaisland/ornament "1.12.107"]


Ornament is the culmination of many discussions and explorations with the aim to find the sweet spot in how to handle styling in large Clojure or ClojureScript web projects. It takes ideas from CSS-in-JS approaches, and utility-class libraries, while (in our opinion) improving on both.

At the heart of ornament is the defstyled macro, which defines a "styled component". It combines a name, a HTML tag, and styling rules.

(require '[lambdaisland.ornament :as o])

(o/defstyled freebies-link :a
  {:font-size "1rem"
   :color "#cff9cf"
   :text-decoration "underline"})

This does two things, first of all it creates a Hiccup component, which combines the tag (:a in this case), with a class name based on the component name. (See the section on "Choosing a Hiccup Implementation" for more info on where this syntax is supported.)

;; Hiccup
[freebies-link {:href "/episodes/interceptors-concepts"} "Freebies"]

Which renders as:

<a class="lambdaisland_episodes__freebies_link">Freebies</a>

The styling information is rendered during a build step to CSS, and written out, so it gets served as any other plain CSS file.

(spit "resource/public/ornament.css" (o/defined-styles))
.lambdaisland_episodes__freebies_link {
  font-size: 1rem;
  color: #cff9cf;
  text-decoration: underline;

If you prefer to use Girouette (Tailwind) utility classes (a.k.a. tokens), then you can do that as well, or you can mix and match. Note that for compatibility reasons Ornament will continue to default to Tailwind v2 components, but you can opt-in to v3, see the section below.

(o/defstyled freebies-link :a

Finally you can add one or more function bodies to your component, which acts as a render function, determining how the children of the component will render. Note that this render function only determines the "inside" of the component, it will still get wrapped with the tag and class name passed to defstyled.

(o/defstyled page-grid :div
  :relative :h-full :md:flex
  [:>.content :flex-1 :p-2 :md:p-10 :bg-gray-100]
  ([sidebar content]

Hopefully these examples have sufficiently whetted your appetite. We'll explain the syntax and features of defstyled in detail down below. But first we need to explain Ornament's philosophy on how to deal with CSS, to give you accurate expectations of how it will behave. This is especially relevant for ClojureScript projects.

Choosing your Tailwind version

We rely on Girouette to provide us with a re-implementation in Clojure of Tailwinds components, classes, and styles. At time of writing Girouette is compatible with either Tailwind 2.0.3, or 3.0.24.

To use Tailwind 3 tokens (classes), pass an extra :tw-version 3 option to set-tokens!

(o/set-tokens! {:tw-version 3})

See "Customizing Girouette" below for more info on set-tokens, or check the docstring.

The namespace provides the Tailwind preflight (reset) stylesheet for either v2 or v3. If you are using o/defined-styles you can also opt to have it automatically prepended. This function also accepts a similar :tw-version argument (2 or `3)

(o/defined-styles {:preflight? true :tw-version 3})

Choosing a Hiccup Implementation

Representing HTML using nested Clojure vectors is an approach that was popularized by the Hiccup library, and so this is referred to as Hiccup-syntax. Since then many other libaries have implemented this same syntax, sometimes with small changes or extensions.

A particular extension popularized by Reagent is the use of functions as components. You define functions which return hiccup, and use those functions in your hiccup where normally you would have a keyword denoting a HTML element tag. In essence you're no longer calling the function yourself (with parentheses) but telling Reagent to call it while rendering.

(defn my-component [arg]
  [:p "in my component:" arg])
(reagent-dom/render [my-component "hello"] (js/document.getElementById "app"))

This has significance in React-apps because it allows React/Reagent to manage the component, but we like it in general to make it clear that something is conceptually a hiccup component.

Ornament components are basically the same, they are (or behave like) functions which return Hiccup. If the implementation you are using supports putting them in square brackets then you can go with that, or you can just call them yourself as a function.

(o/defstyled my-component :p

;; option 1
[my-component "hello"]

;; option 2
(my-component "hello")

How do different Hiccup implementations differ?

  • Clojure vs ClojureScript (or both with cljc)
  • Support functions as components
  • Automatically HTML-escape text (the ones that support this all have different ways of injecting "raw" html strings)
  • Support for :<> (fragments)
  • Have the style property be a map (instead of just a string)
  • Pre-compile via macros for better performance

Some that we know of:


  • Hiccup 1, beware: does not auto-escape text and so is sensitive to CSRF attacks
  • Hiccup 2, fixes the security issue and is generally the better option, despite officially being in alpha
  • Enlive (See net.cgrand.enlive-html/html)
  • lambdaisland.hiccup is our take on this, it is based on Enlive, but adds functions-as-component, fragments, styles-as-maps, and a convenient syntax for raw html strings
  • Hicada (cljc, macro-based)


  • Reagent and other React wrappers
  • Sablono
  • Hicada

Ornament CSS Compilation

Ornament is written in CLJC, meaning you can call defstyled in ClojureScript exactly the same way as in Clojure. But, there's one important distinction, we do not add any styling information (be it Garden, Girouette, or CSS), to your ClojureScript build.

This is an important design decision, and it's worth elaborating a bit. We understand the appeal of something like CSS-in-JS from a syntax and programmer convenience point of view, and we try to offer the same kind of convenience. However, we question that it is sensible to deal with CSS generation in JavaScript. We think it's vastly superior to generate CSS once at build/deploy time, and to then deal with it as CSS.

This pays dividends, we don't need to add all the machinery of Garden and Girouette to the frontend build, neither do we need all the styling definitions, so Ornament will have minimal impact on your bundle size. And your CSS can be served — and cached — as a simple static CSS file.

What you do get from using defstyled in ClojureScript is a component (function) which you can use in Hiccup (e.g. Reagent) to render HTML. The component knows about the HTML tag to use, the CSS class name to add, and if you added a render function, it knows about that as well.

So where does the styling go? We add that to a registry during macroexpansion. In other words: in Clojure. Once all defstyled invocations have been compiled, you can grab the full CSS with (o/defined-styles), and spit it to a file.

Before you grab the output of (o/defined-styles) you need to make sure all your styles have in fact been defined. For Clojure projects this merely means requiring all namespaces. If you have some kind of main application entry point that loads all your components/views, then load that, and capture the styles once it has finished.


For ClojureScript you have two options, either you define all you components in cljc files, and use the same approach as in Clojure. The alternative is to first run your ClojureScript build, and then in the same process write out the styles. You can for instance write your own script that invokes the ClojureScript build API, then follows it up by writing out the styles, or you can use something like Shadow-cljs build hooks.


Keep in mind that the style (Garden/CSS) section of a component is only ever processed in Clojure, even when used in ClojureScript files. This means that it is not possible to reference ClojureScript variables or functions.

(def sizes {:s "0.5rem" :m "1.rem" :l "2rem"})

(o/defstyled foo :div
  {:padding (:m sizes)})

This will work in Clojure, but not ClojureScript. Referencing variables/functions inside the component body is not a problem.

(def divider [:hr])

(o/defstyled dividers :div
  {:padding "1rem"}
  ([& children]
   (into [:<>]
         (interpose divider)

This works in both Clojure and ClojureScript.

Note that it is possible to reference previously defined defstyled components in the style rules section, even in ClojureScript, see the section "Referencing other components in Rules" below.

(o/defstyled referenced :div
  {:color :blue})

(o/defstyled referer :p
  [referenced {:color :red}] ;; use as classname
  [ referenced]) ;; use as style rule

Computing values (referencing vars) inside style rules in cljc files

Style rules are processed during macroexpansion, which happens in Clojure, even when compiling ClojureScript. This means that any code inside style rules needs to be able to evaluate in Clojure by the time ClojureScript starts compiling the defstyled form.

Consider this namespace

;; components.cljc
(ns my.components
  (:require [lambdaisland.ornament :as o]))

(def my-tokens {:main-color "green"})

(o/defstyled with-code :div
  {:background-color (-> my-tokens :main-color)})

In Clojure this works as you would expect but when compiling this as a ClojureScript file it fails. The failure is due to the file never being loaded as a Clojure namespace, so the Clojure var #'my.components/my-tokens doesn't exist in the Clojure environment which is where macro expansion takes place.

To fix this you can use the :require-macros directive which instructs the ClojureScript compiler to load a given Clojure namespace (in this case the current namespace) before continuing the compilation of the current namespace.

(ns my.components
  (:require [lambdaisland.ornament :as o])
  #?(:cljs (:require-macros my.components)))

   (def my-tokens {:main-color "green"}))

(o/defstyled with-code :div
  {:background-color (-> my-tokens :main-color)})

This addresses the problem by instructing the ClojureScript compiler to first load my.components as a clj namespace thereby creating the #'my-tokens Clojure var. The compiler then continues with the cljs compilation and when it gets to expansion of the defstyled macro form (specifically processing of the style rule {:background-color ...}) the #'my-tokens var is available in the clj environment and evaluated for it's value which is then included in the Ornament style registry.

Wrapping my-tokens in #?(:clj ...) is not strictly necessary, but it helps to emphasize the point that this definition is only ever used on the Clojure side, you don't need it in your compiled ClojureScript.

Important note about CLJC files and clojure.core symbols

If you do any computation in your style rules it is recommended that you require the file as clj by utilising the :require-macros directive to self require the namespace.

(ns my.components
  (:require [lambdaisland.ornament :as o])
  #?(:cljs (:require-macros my.components)))

(o/defstyled with-code :div
  {:background-color (str "red")})

The need for this is a subtle consequence of the same interaction between Clojure and the ClojureScript compiler outlined in the previous section. A similar issue will manifest if you try to use clojure.core symbols in your style rules without requiring the clj namespace. This is surprising at first but makes sense after considering that it is the ns form that auto refers all clojure.core symbols into the current namespace. It follows that if the ns form is not evaluated, because we do not require the cljc file as a clj file, then no symbols mapping to the clojure.core symbols will have created in the current namespace. The clojure.core symbols are however interned, and as such fully qualifying the namespace will work but that is not an ergonomic solution.

(ns my.components
  (:require [lambdaisland.ornament :as o]))

;; Does not work
(o/defstyled with-code :div
  {:background-color (str "red")})

;; Does work but not recommended
(o/defstyled with-code :div
  {:background-color (clojure.core/str "red")})

Shadow-cljs build hook example

This is enough to get recompilation of your styles to CSS, which shadow-cljs will then hot-reload.

;; Easiest to just make this a clj file.
(ns my.hooks
  (:require [lambdaisland.ornament :as o]
            [garden.compiler :as gc]
            [ :as girouette-preflight]))

;; Optional, but it's common to still have some style rules that are not
;; component-specific, so you can use Garden directly for that
(def global-styles
  [[:html {:font-size "14pt"}]])

(defn write-styles-hook
  { :flush}
  [build-state & args]
  ;; In case your global-styles is in a separate clj file you will have to
  ;; reload it yourself, shadow only reloads/recompiles cljs/cljc files
  #_(require my.styles :reload)
  ;; Just writing out the CSS is enough, shadow will pick it up (make sure you
  ;; have a <link href=styles.css rel=stylesheet>)
  (spit "resources/public/styles.css"
         ;; `defined-styles` takes a :preflight? flag, but we like to have some
         ;; style rules between the preflight and the components. This whole bit
         ;; is optional.
         (gc/compile-css (concat
;; shadow-cljs.edn

 ;; For best results, otherwise you will find that some styles are missing after
 ;; restarting the shadow process
 :cache-blockers #{lambdaisland.ornament}

  {:target     :browser
   :build-hooks [(my.hooks/write-styles-hook)]}}}

Defstyled Component Syntax

defstyled really does two things, the macro expands to a form like

(def footer (reify StyledComponent ...))

This "styled component" acts as a function, which is what makes it compatible with Hiccup implementations.

(footer "hello")
[:footer {:class ["project-discovery_parts__footer"]} "hello"]

It also implements various protocol methods. You don't typically need to call these yourself, but they can be useful for verifying how your component behaves.

(o/classname footer)  
;;=> "project-discovery_parts__footer"
(o/tag footer)
;;=> :footer
(o/rules footer)
;;=> [{:max-width "60rem"}]
(o/as-garden footer)
;;=> [".project-discovery_parts__footer" {:max-width "60rem"}]
(o/css footer)
;;=> ".project-discovery_parts__footer{max-width:60rem}"

Component Name

The first argument to defstyled is the component name, this will create a var with the given name, containing the component. A function-like object that can be used to render HTML.

The name will also determine the class name that will be used in the HTML and CSS. For this Ornament combines the namespace name with the component name, and munges them to be valid CSS identifiers.

(ns my.views
 (:require [lambdaisland.ornament :as o]))

(o/defstyled footer :footer
  {:max-width "60rem"})
(o/classname footer)
;; my_views__footer

You can use metadata on the namespace to change the namespace prefix.

(ns ^{:ornament/prefix "views"}
 (:require [lambdaisland.ornament :as o]))

(o/defstyled footer :footer
  {:max-width "60rem"})
(o/classname footer)
;; views__footer

Using fully qualified var names as class names provides the unexpected benefit that it becomes trivial to find the component you are looking at in your browser's inspector.

When stringifying the component you also get the class name back, this allows using them to reference a certain class, for instance in Hiccup:

[:div {:class (str footer)} ...]

;; Depending on your Hiccup implementation this can also work
[:div {:class [footer]} ...]

(js/querySelector (str footer))


The second argument to defstyled is the HTML tag. This is typically a keyword, like :section, :tr, or :div. This is used when rendering the component as Hiccup, and so anything that is valid in your Hiccup implementation of choice is fair game, including :div#some-id or :p.a_class. You could also use for instance a Reagent component, assuming it correctly handles receiving a properties map as its first argument. You can't use :<> as the tag, since we can't add a class name to a fragment.

As a special case you can use another styled component as the tag.

(defstyled about-footer footer

This will cause the new component to "inherit" both the HTML tag used by the referenced componet, and any CSS rules it defines.


After the name and tag, defstyled takes one or more "rules". These can be maps, vectors, or keywords.

Maps and vectors are handled by Garden, and we recommend reading the Garden documentation and getting familiar with the syntax. Maps define CSS styles as demonstrated before, with vectors you can apply styles to descendant elements, or handle pseudo-elements.

(in-ns 'my-nav)

(o/defstyled menu :nav
  {:padding "2rem"}
  [:a {:color "blue"}]
  [:&:hover {:background-color "#888"}])
;; Inspect the result
(o/css menu)


.my_nav__menu a{color:blue}

Keywords are handled by Girouette. Girouette uses a grammar to parse utility class names like :text-green-500, and converting the result to Garden syntax. Out of the box it supports all the same names that Tailwind provides, but you can define custom rules, or adjust the color palette. (See Customizing Girouette).

Note that you can mix and match these. You should be able to use a Girouette keyword anywhere where you would use a Garden properties map.

Referencing other components in Rules

You can use a previously defined defstyled component either as a selector, or as a style rule.

Consider this "call to action" button.

(o/defstyled cta :button
  {:background-color "red"})

You might use it as part of another component, and add additional styling for that context.

(o/defstyled buy-now-section :div
  [cta {:padding "2rem"}]
    [:p "The best widgest in the world"]
    [cta {:value "Buy now!"}]]))

Here cta is a shorthand for writing the full Ornament class name of the component. Now the cta button will get some extra padding in this context, in addition to its red background.

You can also use cta as a reusable group of styles. In this case we want to style the :a element with the cta styles.

(o/defstyled pricing-link :span
  [:a cta]
   [:a {:href "/pricing"} "Pricing"]))

This kind of referencing previously defined components works both in Clojure and ClojureScript, even though in ClojureScript usage you can't normally reference vars inside your style declaration. To make these work we resolve these symbols during compilation based on Ornament's registry of components.

Render functions

After the component name, tag, and CSS rules, you can optionally put one or more render functions, consisting of an argument vector, and the function body.

(o/defstyled with-body :p
  :px-5 :py-3 :rounded-xl
  {:color "azure"}
  ([& children]
   (into [:strong] children)))
[with-body "hello"]
"<p class=\"ot__with_body\"><strong>hello</strong></p>"

You can put multiple of these to deal with multiple arities

(o/defstyled multi-arity :p
   [:strong arg1])
  ([arg1 arg2]
    [:strong arg1] [:em arg2]]))

Without render functions a styled component works almost like a plain HTML tag when using in Hiccup: the first argument, if it's a map, is treated as a map of HTML attributes, any following arguments are treated as children.

When you supply your own render function this behavior changes. All arguments are passed to the render function, which then determines the element's attributes and children.

To set custom attributes on the outer element from inside the render function, you use a properties map together with a fragment :<> identifier:

(o/defstyled my-compo :div
  [:<> {:title "hello"} "hello!"]))

If you pass a :class here it will get added to the class that Ornament generates for the component.

When using a component that has a custom render function, you can set attributes by using the special :lambdaisland.ornament/attrs keyword.

[my-compo {:regular-prop 123 ::o/attrs {:title "heyo"}}]

Any :class or :style attributes passed in this way will be added to any classes or styles set inside the render function with :<>. Optionally for :class and :style you can replace the values instead of appending by adding a ^:replace metadata on the vector / map.

[my-compo {::o/attrs {:class ^:replace ["one-class" "other-class"]
                      :style {:text-color "blue"}}}]

In previous versions we supported :class, :id and :style at the top of the properties map, but that's no longer the case.

There's an additional mechanic for setting attributes from inside the render-function, through metadata on the return value, but it is considered deprecated, since it's superseded by [:<> {,,,attrs,,,}].

(o/defstyled nav-link :a
  ([{:keys [id]}]
   (let [{:keys [url title description]} (get-route id)]
     ^{:href url :title description}
     [:<> title])))

<a href="/videos" title="Watch amazing videos" class="ot__nav_link">Videos</a>

Differences from Garden

The rules section of a component is essentially Garden syntax. We run it through the Garden compiler, and so things that work in Garden generally work there as well, with some exceptions.

Keywords that come first inside a vector are always treated as CSS selectors, as you would expect, but if they occur elsewhere then we first pass them to Girouette to expand to style rules class names. If Girouette does not recognize the keyword as a classname, then it's preserved in the Garden as-is.

That means that generally things work as expected, since selectors and Girouette classes don't have much overlap.

;; ✔️ :ol is recognized as a selector

(o/defstyled list-wrapper :div
  [:ul :ol {:background-color "blue"}])

(o/css list-wrapper)
;; => ".ot__list_wrapper ul,.ot__list_wrapper ol{background-color:blue}"

;; ✔️ :bg-blue-500 is recognized as a utility class

(o/defstyled list-wrapper :div
  [:ul :bg-blue-500])

(o/css list-wrapper)
;; => ".ot__list_wrapper ul{--gi-bg-opacity:1;background-color:rgba(59,130,246,var(--gi-bg-opacity))}"

But there is some potential for clashes, e.g. Girouette has a :table class.

;; ❌ not what we wanted

(o/defstyled fig-wrapper :div
  [:figure :table {:padding "1rem"}])
(o/css fig-wrapper)
;; => ".ot__fig_wrapper figure{display:table;padding:1rem}"

Instead use a set to make it explicit that these are multiple selectors. It's good practice to do this in general since it is more explicit and reduces ambiguity and chance of clashes.

(o/defstyled fig-wrapper :div
  [#{:figure :table} {:padding "1rem"}])

(o/css fig-wrapper)
;; => ".ot__fig_wrapper figure,.ot__fig_wrapper table{padding:1rem}"

Garden Extensions

Ornament does a certain amount of pre-processing before passing the rules over to Garden for compilation. This allows us to support some extra syntax which we find more convenient.

Special "tags"

Use these as the first element in a vector to opt into special handling. Some of these are used where a selector would be used, others are helpers for defining property values.

  • :at-media

You can add breakpoints for responsiveness to your components with :at-media.

(o/defstyled eps-container :div
  {:display "grid"
   :grid-gap "1rem"
   :grid-template-columns "repeat(auto-fill, minmax(20rem, 1fr))"
   :padding "0 1rem 1rem"}
  [:at-media {:min-width "40rem"}
   {:grid-gap "2rem"
    :padding "0 2rem 2rem"}])
  • :cssfn

CSS functions can be invoked with :cssfn

(o/defstyled with-css-fn :a
  [:&:after {:content [:cssfn :attr "href"]}])
  • :at-supports

Support for feature tests via @supports

(o/defstyled feature-check :div
  [:at-supports {:display "grid"}
   {:display "grid"}])
  • :rgb / :hsl / :rgba / :hsla

Shorthands for color functions

(o/defstyled color-fns :div
  {:color [:rgb 150 30 75]
   :background-color [:hsla 235 100 50 0.5]})

(o/css color-fns)
  • :str

Turns any strings into quoted strings, for cases where you need to put string content in your CSS.

(o/defstyled with-css-fn :a
  [:&:after {:content [:str " (" [:cssfn :attr "href"] ")"]}])

Special property handling

Some property names we recognize and treat special, mainly to make it less tedious to define composite values.

  • :grid-area / :border / :margin / :padding

Treat vector values as space-separated lists, e.g. :padding [10 0 15 0]. Non-vector values are passed on unchanged.

  • :grid-template-areas

Use nested vectors to define the areas

   :grid-template-areas [["title"      "title"      "user"]
                         ["controlbar" "controlbar" "controlbar"]
                         ["...."       "...."       "...."]
                         ["...."       "...."       "...."]
                         ["...."       "...."       "...."]

Customizing Girouette

Girouette is highly customizable. Out of the box it supports the same classes as Tailwind does, but you can customize the colors, fonts, or add completely new rules for recognizing class name.

The girouette-api atom contains the result of giroutte/make-api. By replacing it you can customize how keywords are expanded to Garden. We provide a set-tokens! function which makes the common cases straightforward. This configures Girouette, so that these tokens become available inside Ornament style declarations.

set-tokens! takes a map with these (optional) keys:

  • :colors : map from keyword to 6-digit hex color, without leading #
  • :fonts: map from keyword to font stack (comman separated string)
  • :components: sequence of Girouette components, each a map with :id (keyword), :rules (string, instaparse, can be omitted), and :garden (map, or function taking instaparse results and returning Garden map)
  • :tw-version: which Girouette defaults to use, either based on Tailwind v2, or v3. Valid values: 2, 3. Defaults to v2.
(o/set-tokens! {:colors {:primary "001122"}
                :fonts {:system "-apple-system,BlinkMacSystemFont,Segoe UI,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif,Apple Color Emoji,Segoe UI Emoji"}
                :components [{:id :full-center
                              :garden {:display "inline-flex"
                                       :align-items "center"}}
                             {:id :full-center-bis
                              :garden [:& :inline-flex :items-center]}
                             {:id :custom-bullets
                              :rules "custom-bullets = <'bullets-'> bullet-char
                                 <bullet-char> = #\".\""
                              :garden (fn [{[bullet-char] :component-data}]
                                         {:list-style "none"
                                          :padding 0
                                          :margin 0}
                                          {:padding-left "1rem"
                                           :text-indent "-0.7rem"}]
                                          {:content bullet-char}]])}]})

Let's go over these. Colors is straightforward, it introduces a new color name, so now I can use classes like :text-primary-500 or :bg-primary.

Fonts provide the :font-<name> class, so in this case :font-system.

With custom components there's a lot you can do. The first one here, :full-center, only has a :garden key, which has plain data as its value. This basically provides an alias or shorthand, so we can use :full-center in place of {:display "inline-flex" :align-items "center"}. The second one, :full-center-bis is essentially the same, but we've used other Girouette classes. Just as in defstyled you can use those too.

The third one introduces a completely custom rule. It has a :rules key, which gets a string using Instaparse grammar syntax. Here we're definining a grammar which will recognize any classname starting with "bullets-" and followed by a single character.

If :rules is omitted we assume this is a static token, and we'll generate a rule of the form token-id = <'token-id'>. That's what happens with the first two components.

In this case the :garden key gets a function, which receives the parse information (under the :component-data key), and can use it to build up the Garden styling. Notice that we're using the "bullet-char" that we parsed out of the class name, to set the :content on :li:before.

The end result is that we can do something like this:

(o/defstyled bear-list :ul
 [:li "Black"]
 [:li "Formosan"]]

And get a bullet list which uses bear emojis for the bullets.

set-tokens! will add the new colors, fonts, and components to the defaults that Girouette provides. You can change that by adding a ^:replace tag (this uses meta-merge). e.g. {:colors ^:replace {...}})

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  • adhere to the LambdaIsland Clojure Style Guide
  • write patches that solve a problem. Start by stating the problem, then supply a minimal solution. *
  • agree to license their contributions as EPL 1.0.
  • not break the contract with downstream consumers. **
  • not break the tests.

Contributors SHOULD

  • update the CHANGELOG and README.
  • add tests for new functionality.

If you submit a pull request that adheres to these rules, then it will almost certainly be merged immediately. However some things may require more consideration. If you add new dependencies, or significantly increase the API surface, then we need to decide if these changes are in line with the project's goals. In this case you can start by writing a pitch, and collecting feedback on it.

* This goes for features too, a feature needs to solve a problem. State the problem it solves, then supply a minimal solution.

** As long as this project has not seen a public release (i.e. is not on Clojars) we may still consider making breaking changes, if there is consensus that the changes are justified.


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