Version 6.0.0


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

Example of body as a paragraph 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)



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.



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


Dec 02, 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).

Multiple options

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

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).

Defined behaviors

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

Usage guidelines

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

Accessible contrast

Follows WCAG 2.0 standards for contrast (AA).


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.

Generated UI kit

Includes a downloadable XD file that has been generated by code and shows multiple variations, states, color themes, and scales.

Design tokens

All design attributes (color, typography, layout, animation, etc.) are included in Spectrum DNA.