Version 6.0.0


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



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)



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.



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.


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).

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.

Design tokens

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

Generated UI kit

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

In Spectrum for Adobe XD plugin

Component is included in the Spectrum for Adobe XD plugin.