Body layout

The Body component can be used to create a centered layout to add your content. This should be added to the body element in the markup.

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The vf-body layout should be added to the body element in your mark up and therefore should only be added once.

This layout component sets a maximum width to the 'page' and centers it. The maximum width of the page is set as a default to 80em or 1280px but can be changed using the CSS custom property --vf-body-width if needed. As the web is, by default, a fluid medium the vf-body needs to give some inline spacing when the browswer viewport is smaller than 1280px like on a tablet or mobile device. This is made possible using padding: 0 1em which is the same as padding-left: 1em; padding-right: 1em.

<body class="vf-body | vf-stack vf-stack--400">...</body>

<body> <div class="my-app | vf-body"> ... </div> </body>


.vf-body {
  display: block;
  margin: 0 auto;
  max-width: 80em;
  max-width: var(--vf-body-width, 80em);
  padding: 0 1em;


This is for example purposes only. Please use the vf-body class on the body element only.

Nunjucks syntax

Depending on your environment you'll want to use render or include. As a rule of thumb: server-side use include, precompiled browser use render. If you're using vf-eleventy you should use include.

Using include

You'll need to pass a context object from your code or Yaml file (example), as well as the path to the Nunjucks template. Nunjucks' include is an abstraction of render and provides some additional portability.

{% set context fromYourYamlFile %}
- or -
{% set context = { 
"component-type" : "layout",
{% include "../path_to/vf-body/vf-body.njk" %}

Using render

This approach is best for bare-bones Nunjucks environments, such as precompiled templates with the Nunjucks slim runtime where include is not be available.

{% render '@vf-body', {
  "component-type" : "layout",}
<div class="vf-body">
  <div class="vf-box vf-box--normal vf-box-theme--primary">
    <p class="vf-ui-color--white vf-u-margin--0 vf-u-type__text-body--2">This is for example purposes only. Please use the <code>vf-body</code> class on the <code>body</code> element only.</p>


Installation info

This component is distributed with npm. After installing npm, you can install the vf-body with this command.

$ yarn add --dev @visual-framework/vf-body


The source files included are written in Sass(scss). You can point your Sass include-path at your node_modules directory and import it like this.

@import "@visual-framework/vf-body/index.scss";

Make sure you import Sass requirements along with the modules. You can use a project boilerplate or the vf-sass-starter




  • removes box-sizing: border-box;
  • adds a little more to the documentation.


  • Makes the max-width a factor of 16px.
  • adds box-sizing so that the padding doesn't effect the max-width.
  • includes a fix for when a vf-body is (for some reason) nested inside another vf-body


  • Initial stable release


File system location: components/vf-body

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