We're looking to manually build our assets for HTML design and include them in our Java application rather than have them built from the CMS. I have followed the instructions as per: https://community.sdl.com/solutions/content-management/tridion/tridion-developer/b/weblog/posts/dxa-html-design-decisions

And get as for as the application recognising the new version number in /system/assets/version.json I'll increment, and the front end version does increment when including ${markup.versionedContent('/assets/css/main.css')} in my view

However, I am stuck on the application actually recognising any new assets. I have added /src/main/webapp/system/assets/css/myowncss.css within the app, but if I try to reference that through a browser, I get a blank page (rather than a 404 or 500). Where am I going wrong?

We are developing with dxa-web-application-java 1.7



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Till Dxa 1.5, it was monolithic code for the html design process, all code under publishHtmlDesign.cs covering few methods.

i had to update/comment few lines of code to remove DXA OOTB approach.

i have created a GIST for working code.

  • Thanks Raj but we're not building in .NET
    – Craig
    Commented May 26, 2017 at 15:58
  • its C# tbb, are you using java in Tbb?
    – Raj Kumar
    Commented May 30, 2017 at 7:23
  • Hi Raj - yep, we're using Java
    – Craig
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 9:18

DXA by default tries to find it in the content delivery (in our case in the database table) as you are trying to load the css from /webapp/system/assets/css/ location.

Try to use a different location, say (/content/styles/style.css) it should work fine while loading from the browser

  • Thanks Rajesh but I don't think that is quite what I'm after. In the link above it describes in 4 steps how to remove the HTML design build process from the CMS, and I seem to be getting stuck on step 3: 3. deploy your CSS, fonts and JavaScript files to the to the /system/assets folder (as part of the deploy of the web application with its views) If I add the file in the folder structure directly in, say, Eclipse, it doesn't seem to work. I only mention the browser because you can see /system/assets/main.css in a browser if you build HTML assets through the CMS.
    – Craig
    Commented May 24, 2017 at 15:07

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