Version 7.1.0


Dividers bring clarity to a layout by grouping and dividing content in close proximity. They can also be used to establish rhythm and hierarchy.

An example of a large rule with some body text.An example of a large rule with some body text.


Illustration of small, medium, and large dividers.


The small divider is the default size. This is used to divide similar components such as table rows, action button groups, and components within a panel.

The medium divider is used for dividing subsections on a page, or to separate different groupings of components such as panels, rails, etc.

The large divider should only be used for page titles or section titles.

Illustration of both horizontal and vertical dividers


By default, dividers are horizontal and should be used for separating content vertically. The vertical divider is used to separate content horizontally.

Key example of static color white and black horizontal dividers in the all 3 sizes.

Static color#

Use the static color option when a divider needs to be placed on top of a color background or visual.

Static color dividers are available in black or white, regardless of color theme. Use static black on light color or image backgrounds, and static white on dark color or image backgrounds.

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
small / medium / large
horizontal / vertical
static color
none / black / white

Usage guidelines#

Place a divider below a header#

Dividers (medium or large) can be used in combination with a header text to create a section or a page title. In such cases, place the divider below the header.

Key example of correct usage of the section title divider.
Key example of incorrect usage of the section title divider.

Don’t overuse dividers#

Dividers lose their value when overused. Use them sparingly to avoid creating unnecessary noise.

Key example of incorrect and over-used dividers on a page.


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

Key example of dividers in the Spectrum for Adobe Express theme in large, medium, and small sizes.

Spectrum for Adobe Express#

Dividers remain the same across themes.


Dec 15, 20227.1.0
  • Added static color option
  • Migrated to latest token system
Apr 06, 20227.0.0
  • Updated all colors to 6.0.0
Aug 13, 20196.1.0
  • Added orientation (“horizontal/vertical”)
Jun 13, 20196.0.0
  • "Rule" has been renamed to "divider"
Apr 20, 20195.0.0
  • This component is now individually versioned (individual versions of existing components start at 5.0.0)

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.