Breadcrumbs are a type of navigation that let a user both understand the hierarchal depth they are currently in as well as the ability to “move up” in page hierarchy from their current location. With this in mind, BaseWeb’s markup and styles for breadcrumbs reflect its use application by semantically and visually giving them hierarchal meaning.

The most basic implementation of a breadcrumb looks like this:

<nav class="breadcrumb">
    <li><a href="#">Home</a></li>
    <li><a href="#">Some Page</a></li>
    <li><a href="#">Some Category</a></li>
    <li><span class="current">Current Page</span></li>

The first thing to not is that the list of links is wrapped with the <nav> element and is given the .breadcrumb class. Secondly, the list items of a breadcrumb are marked up as an ordered list <ol>. This is because the order that the links appear is important in representing their meaning.

Sometimes, you want to omit the current page link all together, but still represent the current page with text. In this case, you just wrap the breadcrumb item with a <span> and can give it .current class for more subtle text styling.

You also have the .wrapped class to add simple wrapper styles to your breadcrumbs.

Variable Map

Breadcrumb variables are encompassed within the $breadcrumbs map and are used throughout all breadcrumb mixins to set default values.

$breadcrumbs: (
  'output' : true,
  'class' : 'breadcrumb',

  'display' : block,
  'margin' : 1em 0,
  'font-size' : 1em,

  'delimiter' : (
    'content' : '/', // Delimiter element content (e.g: '/', '—', '→', '»')
    'padding' : 0 0.75em,
    'color' : $gray-400,
    'last-child' : false,

  'modifiers' : (
    'current' : (
      'selector' : '.current',
      'color' : $color-light,

) !default;


Creates the basic breadcrumb styles.

@include make-breadcrumb( $options: () );
Variable Type Default
$options Map $breadcrumbs

Example Usage

In this example, we’ll use the make-breadcrumb() mixin to create a custom breadcrumb style.

.#{map-get($breadcrumbs, 'class')} {
  @include make-breadcrumb();