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Global variant

Learn how Joy enables consistent look and feel across all of its components.

Joy's Global variants are sets of styles that live inside the theme. Both native and custom-created components can access those styles. It mainly consists of three CSS properties, color, background, and border. These are basically the properties where color is mostly applied and variants pull shades from the multiple palettes of the theme.

Types of variants

These four global variants seem to cover most of the design being used today in modern web applications. Their names are supposed to be straightforward, meaning you should be able to assume how they look without looking at the screen.





Hierarchy of importance

Different variants convey different levels of importance. In most cases, you'd want to use the solid variant for primary and most important actions given how high contrast and vivid it is. soft and outlined are mostly used for secondary actions, using a light background and border color respectively to add contrast. You should choose between each of them depending on your specific use case and personal preference. Lastly, the plain variant, as it only contains text and no background, is usually used for tertiary, least important actions.

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Global variants are an easy and effortless way to create meaningful user interfaces. Additionally, as a benefit, dark mode works without any modification to them. Click on the Settings icon at the upper right hand corner and turn dark mode on if you haven't yet!

Atomic tokens

The Global variants generation is made by looking at the theme palette tokens which are atomic, similar to how you'd do it in design tools. You should be able to customize a specific CSS property of any given color scheme, variant, palette, and state at a global level.

Here are some of the theme's default solid variant tokens:

  colorSchemes: {
    light: {
      palette: {
        primary: {
          solidBg: 'var(--joy-palette-primary-600)',       // the initial background
          solidColor: '#fff',                              // the initial color
          solidHoverBg: 'var(--joy-palette-primary-700)',  // the :hover background
          solidActiveBg: 'var(--joy-palette-primary-800)', // the :active background
          // ...other tokens
        neutral: {
          solidBg: 'var(--joy-palette-primary-700)',
          solidColor: '#fff',
          solidHoverBg: 'var(--joy-palette-primary-800)',
          solidActiveBg: 'var(--joy-palette-primary-900)',
          // ...other tokens
        // ...other palettes
    dark: {
      palette: {
        // similar structure but different values