Version 7.0.1


Detail is a typography component used for disclosing extra information or smaller items in hierarchical relationships of text.

Example of detail text as a subheading. Text Recommended products for photography.Example of detail text as a subheading. Text Recommended products for photography.



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

Key example illustrating weights of detail text light and default.


Detail weight is another way to create or enhance visual hierarchy, in addition to size. Heavier and lighter weights can add personality or style to an experience.

List of size options for detail text. Extra-large is font-size 200. Large is font-size-100. Medium is font-size-75. Small is font-size-50.


Details have 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
weightlight / defaultdefault
sizeS / M / L / XLM (content-based UI)
S (application UI)


Key examples showing the line height for detail text. The first example in English has a 1.3x multiplier for its line height. Text reads “Recommended products for photography,” split across 2 lines. The second example in Simplified Chinese uses a 1.5x multiplier. Text reads “Recommended products for photography” in Chinese, split across 2 lines.

Line height#

Details use a 1.3× multiplier for Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew scripts. Han scripts (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean), use a 1.5× multiplier to ensure readability. This applies to all Spectrum fonts as well as their fallback fonts.

Key example showing the margins for detail text. Above the heading there is a margin that is equal to the font size divided by 1.125 and below the heading is equal to 0.25 multiplied by the font size. The heading text reads “Recommendations.”


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

Usage guidelines#

Define appropriate heading levels#

Details can be assigned a heading level in HTML that is independent of typography component, size, weight, or other properties.

Key example illustrating correct usage of heading levels. Heading with level h1 above Detail used as subheading with heading level h2.


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

Key example of detail typography component in Spectrum for Adobe Express. Sample text, Recommendations.

Spectrum for Adobe Express#

Detail 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 (consolidated with Subheading)
  • Added options for script, weight 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.