How to configure fonts
Typography pertains to the uniqueness of different styles of text that, when combined, create distinct appearances in both physical and digital material. When using Theme Builder, a Designer can configure a collection of five different Typography Atoms.
The first is
Fonts Settings which governs the more general settings for all text. This is followed by
Display & Header Styles,
Small Text Styles, and
Stat Styles, all of which set the properties for different classes of texts individually. This guide will cover each of these atoms and the range of settings they contain.
This atom allows you to set the primary and secondary font, the base font size, base font weights and line heights. As the user changes these settings, they should expect the text on the same page to change accordingly.
Primary and Secondary Fonts¶
The user can enter any text into either of these fields. We have kept a list of 100 or so common Google fonts. If we recognize the entry as one of these, we will display a message below informing the user of the weights the font supports. Alternatively, if we do not recognize the font, the message below will change to indicate this. We allow the user to set any font they want, but it is left up to the user to ensure the values work downstream.
This value can be set to configure the base font. The default unit is pixels. This value is used as a starting point for many typography calculations.
Primary Font Weights¶
This section defines five font weights in increasing order to be used in the theme. We allow the user to enter any weights they wish, making them responsible for whether the weights can actually be used for their purposes. If the user had selected a font in our database, we will alert the user if the weight selected is not supported.
Here, the user can define three sets of line heights, for body, headers and small texts.
Standard Line Height, sets the line height for all body text, and has a minimum value of 150% for accessibility.
Header Line Height sets the line height for all headers, and
Small Text Line Height sets the value for all other text. These last two fields have a default value of 110%, and no limits are set at this time.
Display and Header Styles¶
This atom defines settings for all text with a display or header class, including h1-6, display1 and display2.
Header/Display Font Weight¶
The user can set a font weight for all header classes. The default is 700 (bold). The same warnings are applied to this weight depending on the font selected as were for the other weights.
Percent Change in Header/Display Sizes¶
This slider affects how greatly the headers vary in size as they increase their class.
There are 8 further settings below that open a modal and allow the user to edit settings for a specific class. The section includes,
Header 5, and
Header 6. For information on how this works see the Font Edit modal documentation.
This atom defines 6 classes that are used for body text. These include
Body 1 - Bold,
Body 2 - Bold,
Body 3, and
Body 3 - Bold. Each section allows the user to alter individual settings for each class. For information on how this works see the Font Edit modal documentation.
Small Text Styles¶
This atom defines 16 classes that are used in body text or forms, such as labeling fields, captioning images, button text and other purposes. These include
Overline Extra Large,
Label 1 All Caps,
Label 2 All Caps,
Call to Action,
Call to Action Small,
Small Semibold. Each section allows the user to alter individual settings for each class. For information on how this works see the Font Edit modal documentation.
This atom defines 1 class that is used for stat text:
Stat. This one section allows the user to alter individual settings for this class. For information on how this works see the Font Edit modal documentation.
Font Edit Modal¶
Each individual text class is editable, and will open up a modal with a few settings.
- Font Family: A drop down where the user can select a font for this text style.
- Font Size: A slider where the user can select the font size for this text style.
- Font Weight: A drop down where the user can select a weight for this text style. Similar warnings apply to this as with any other weight selections.
- Character Spacing: A slider where the user can change the space between characters for this text style.
To confirm the selected changes, the user must click
Save, otherwise the selections will not take effect.