In-line alerts display a non-modal message associated with objects in a view. These are often used in form validation, providing a place to aggregate feedback related to multiple fields.
The neutral variant is the default for in-line alerts. It is gray and does not have an icon. This is used for when the message is neutral in tone or when its semantics do not fit any of the other variants.
The informative variant uses the informative semantic color (blue) and has an "information" icon to help those with color vision deficiency discern the message tone. This should be used when the message needs to call extra attention, as compared to the neutral variant.
The positive variant uses the positive semantic color (green) and has a "checkmark" icon to help those with color vision deficiency discern the message tone. This should be used to inform someone of a successful function or result of an action they took.
The notice variant uses the notice semantic color (orange) and has an "alert" icon to help those with color vision deficiency to discern the message tone. This can be used to warn about a situation that may need to be addressed soon.
The negative variant uses the negative semantic color (red) and has an "alert" icon to help those with color vision deficiency to discern the message tone. This can be used to show an error or a failure, or to convey something that needs to be immediately acknowledged or addressed.
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.
neutral / informative / positive / notice / negative
When the title of an in-line alert is too long for the available horizontal space, it wraps to form another line. The optional icon in the top-right corner stays aligned to the top.
For RTL (right-to-left) languages, the layout of the in-line alert is mirrored. The icon and dismiss button are both left-aligned.
|Tab||Places the focus on the next interactive element, which is the dismiss button, if there is one.|
|Shift + Tab||Places the focus on the previous interactive element, which is the dismiss button, if there is one.|
|Aug 21, 2020||2.0.0|
|Feb 10, 2020||1.0.0|
Includes all interactive states that are applicable (hover, down, focus, keyboard focus, disabled).
Includes relevant options (variant, style, size, orientation, optional iconography, decorations, selection, error state, etc.)
Works properly across all four color themes (lightest, light, dark, darkest).
Includes a desktop scale (UWP, macOS, web desktop) and a mobile scale (iOS, Android, web mobile).
Includes guidelines for layout (wrapping, truncation, overflow), animation, interactions, etc.
Includes a list of dos and don’ts that highlight best practices and common mistakes.
Follows WCAG 2.0 standards for contrast (AA).
Works properly across various locales and includes guidelines for bi-directionality (RTL).
Follows WCAG 2.0 standards for keyboard accessibility guidelines and includes a description of the keyboard interactions.
All design attributes (color, typography, layout, animation, etc.) are included in Spectrum DNA.
Includes a downloadable XD file that has been generated by code and shows multiple variations, states, color themes, and scales.
Component is included in the Spectrum for Adobe XD plugin.