Inline Text

Inline Text

Inline text communicates messages in an non-blocking way. It’s displayed inline and doesn’t block any other part of the interface.

Usage

  • Visual: Camouflaged–Visible
  • Voice & Tone: (Varies per circumstance)
  • Motion: Static
  • Duration: Permanent
  • Audio: Muted

Inline text can be more hidden or visible (depending on the context), but it’s always displayed inline, inside a UI component or next to another UI component. The text should blend with the surrounding UI, except for error states.

Inline text can show one of the following states:

  • Empty: when data is absent or unavailable.
  • Error: when the system cannot load content, or when a form field is problematic.
  • Informational: when an item has an atypical status, e.g. duplicates.
  • Transient: when the system is processing an action, e.g. saving, loading, sending email, etc.

For an empty state that affects the whole page, consider using Inline Text + Illustration.

For form error, the message is displayed in red and typically used in conjunction with a popover.

Inline Text in Context

Inline text can appear in many different contexts. Refer to the variants sections below to see the different examples.

Dos and Don’ts

Do

  • Do keep it short. 1–2 sentences is sufficient for most use cases.
  • Do use a different color when displaying error messages.

Do not

  • Do not depend on inline text if the message is more urgent, e.g. warn when user is about to delete a record.
  • Do not visually differentiate inline text too much from the surrounding UI. Avoid significant changes, e.g. bigger font size, inverted background colors, etc. At most, the text should change color (for errors).
  • Do not use animation/motion to display inline text. At most, it should fade in/out for transient states.

Variants - Component

Text Only

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Icon & Text

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Variants - State

Empty

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Error

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Informational

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Transient

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Warning

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Variants - Screen Size

There are no special variants for text messaging component in mobile. Just as it is in desktop, the text should adapt to the surrounding UI.

UI Text

Text can vary greatly case to case, depending on the context. The guidelines below serve as examples, but you are not limited to them.

StateIntentExample
EmptyState a factNo deals to show.
EmptyEncourage use of feature / suggest something else / use a best practice
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InformationalShow a status
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TransientShow the system is working on a request
Saving…
ErrorInform that the required field is empty
This field is required.
ErrorInform that the input is not a valid value.
Email is not in the right format (joesmith@example.com).

Recommended Specs

Refer to this code sample for basic text markup.

In general, the messaging text should conform to the text specifications within that UI component. If it’s a component that normally doesn’t have text, treat the messaging text as regular body text.

If it’s an error, add the specs below.

DescriptionTokenValue
Error text color$color-text-error#c23934