I’m the original poster. Thank you all for your responses.
What I’ve found in using Ionic or any other HTML5 UI tool kit is that a significant chunk of the magic is implemented in pretty sophisticated CSS. I find it hard for me grasp the full capabilities of the framework without having a detailed reference for the many CSS styles — what they do, what elements they can be properly applied to, how they can be used in combination, etc. I resort to searching through the CSS declarations in files and inspecting the live runtime use of the styles in a debugger.
SaaS support is very helpful in unearthing some the details. By looking at where there are SaaS variables in the SaaS-a-fied CSS declarations I can gain some understanding of how CSS styles are tied together to achieve an overall look and feel. It would also be tremendously helpful if there was full documentation on each of the SaaS variables – what they control.
I understand that this form of documentation is a big undertaking, but it would so very beneficial to developers. Particular to developers like me who are are not experts at CSS and are deliberately using a framework to avoid working at the CSS level. Ideally, I want to adjust the settings that control the CSS look and feel and a complete inventory of what tools are at my disposal.
Related: How can I use the SaaS compiler statically, rather than live. Adding SaaS support adds a whole lot of bulk to a project, which seems to be for the purpose of running the compiler on the fly. What I’d like to see is a standalone tool that will recompile any project that uses SaaS to produce the static final result. Is this possible?
Thanks so much.