Version 7.0.1


Body is a typography component primarily used within Spectrum components and for blocks of text.

Example of body as a paragraph of text.


Key example illustrating body with classification Serif and Sans serif


Body can be displayed in serif or sans serif (default).

List of size options for body text. Extra-extra-extra-large is font-size-600. Extra-extra-large is font-size-500. Extra-large is font-size 400. Large is font-size-300. Medium is font-size-200. Small is font-size-100. Extra-small is font-size-75.


Body has a variety of sizes available. These sizes are defined using T-shirt sizing in order to support multiple scales without direct correlation to pixel values.

Table of options#

From the design point of view, each component has a number of options. These options and their names are platform agnostic, and each implementation should adapt these to fit into their framework.

PropertyValuesDefault value
scriptlatin / han / arabic / hebrew
classificationserif / sans serifsans serif
sizeXS / S / M / L / XL / XXL / XXXLM (content-based UI)
S (application UI)


Key examples showing the line height for body text. The first example in English has a 1.5x multiplier for its line height. The second example in Hanyu Pinyin or Simplified Chinese uses a 1.7x multiplier. Both examples read “Icons that depict horizontal movement, e.g., back icon) should be mirrored to follow the flow of the right-to-left interface.” with the first example in English and the second example in Simplified Chinese.

Line height#

Body uses a 1.5× multiplier for Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew scripts. Han scripts (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean), use a 1.7× multiplier to ensure readability. This applies to all Spectrum fonts as well as their fallback fonts.

Key example showing the margins for body text. Above and below the text there is a margin that is equal to the font size multiplied by 0.75. The first paragraph reads, “We believe in building for the widest audience possible.” Line break. Second paragraph reads, “Spectrum is designed to be clearly readable, intuitive to use, and mindful of those who require alternative input peripherals or screen readers. Everything in our system — from color and type to interaction and language — is built to be compliant with industry standards.”


Top margins are the body font size divided by 1.125. Bottom margins are 0.25× the body font size.


A theme is an intentional, systematic customization of Spectrum. It has unique visual attributes. For more information, view Theming.

Key example of body typography component in Spectrum for Adobe Express. Sample paragraph text, Icons that depict horizontal movement (e.g., back icon) should be mirrored to follow the flow of the right-to-left interface.

Spectrum for Adobe Express#

Body remains the same across themes.


Feb 24, 20237.0.1
  • Migrated to latest token system
Apr 06, 20227.0.0
  • Updated all colors to 6.0.0
Dec 03, 20196.0.0
  • Released as individually versioned component
  • Added options for script and classification
  • Updated to use t-shirt sizing
  • Added larger size options

Design checklist#


All interactive states

Includes all interactive states that are applicable (hover, down, focus, keyboard focus, disabled).

All color themes

Works properly across all four color themes (lightest, light, dark, darkest).

All platform scales

Includes a desktop scale (UWP, macOS, web desktop) and a mobile scale (iOS, Android, web mobile).

Accessible use of color

Color is not used as the only visual means of conveying information (WCAG 2.0 1.4.1).

Accessible contrast for text

Text has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1 for small text and at least 3:1 for large text (WCAG 2.0 1.4.3).


Accessible contrast for UI components

Visual information required to identify components and states (except inactive components) has a contrast ratio of at least 3:1 (WCAG 2.1 1.4.11).

Content design

UI language and information design considerations have been incorporated into component design.

Defined options

Includes relevant options (variant, style, size, orientation, optional iconography, decorations, selection, error state, etc.)

Defined behaviors

Includes guidelines for keyboard focus, layout (wrapping, truncation, overflow), animation, interactions, etc.

Usage guidelines

Includes a list of dos and don'ts that highlight best practices and common mistakes.


Writing guidelines

Includes content standards or usage guidelines for how to write or format in-product content for the component.

Internationalization guidelines

Works properly across various locales and includes guidelines for bi-directionality (RTL).


Keyboard interactions

Follows WCAG 2.0 standards for keyboard accessibility guidelines and includes a description of the keyboard interactions.

Design tokens

All design attributes (color, typography, layout, animation, etc.) are available as design tokens.

UI kit

Includes a downloadable XD file that shows multiple options, states, color themes, and platform scales.

Generated UI kit

Includes a downloadable XD file, generated by code using design tokens defined in Spectrum DNA, and shows multiple options, states, color themes, and platform scales.

In Spectrum for Adobe XD plugin

Component is included in the Spectrum for Adobe XD plugin.