Typography

Documentation and examples for Boosted typography, including global settings, headings, body text, lists, and more.

Global settings

Boosted sets basic global display, typography, and link styles. When more control is needed, check out the textual utility classes.

  • Use Helvetica Neue (locally if available, webfont otherwise), with Helvetica and Arial as preferred fallback.
  • Then use a native font stack that selects the best font-family for each OS and device.
  • For a more inclusive and accessible type scale, we assume the browser default root font-size (typically 16px) so visitors can customize their browser defaults as needed.
  • Use the $font-family-base, $font-size-base, $line-height-base and $letter-spacing-base attributes as our typographic base applied to the <body>.
  • Set the global link color via $link-color and apply link underlines only on :hover.
  • Use $body-bg to set a background-color on the <body> (#fff by default).

These styles can be found within _reboot.scss, and the global variables are defined in _variables.scss. Make sure to set $font-size-base in rem.

Headings

All HTML headings, <h1> through <h6>, are available.

Heading Desktop size Tablet size Mobile size Line height Desktop Letter spacing Desktop

<h1></h1>

Bold 2.125rem (34px) Bold 1.875rem (30px) Bold 1.25rem (20px) 1 (34px) -0.0625rem (-1px)

<h2></h2>

Bold 1.875rem (30px) Bold 1.5rem (24px) Bold 1.125rem (18px) 1.067 (32px) -0.05rem (-0.8px)

<h3></h3>

Bold 1.5rem (24px) Bold 1.25rem (20px) Bold 1rem (16px) 1.083 (26px) -0.0375rem (-0.6px)

<h4></h4>

Bold 1.25rem (20px) Bold 1.125rem (18px) 1.1 (22px) -0.025rem (-0.4px)

<h5></h5>

Bold 1.125rem (18px) Bold 1rem (16px) 1.111 (20px) -0.0125rem (-0.2px)

<h6></h6>

Bold 1rem (16px) 1.125 (18px) -0.00625rem (-0.1px)
<h1>h1. Boosted heading</h1>
<h2>h2. Boosted heading</h2>
<h3>h3. Boosted heading</h3>
<h4>h4. Boosted heading</h4>
<h5>h5. Boosted heading</h5>
<h6>h6. Boosted heading</h6>

.h1 through .h6 classes are also available, for when you want to match the font styling of a heading but cannot use the associated HTML element.

h1. Boosted heading

h2. Boosted heading

h3. Boosted heading

h4. Boosted heading

h5. Boosted heading

h6. Boosted heading

<p class="h1">h1. Boosted heading</p>
<p class="h2">h2. Boosted heading</p>
<p class="h3">h3. Boosted heading</p>
<p class="h4">h4. Boosted heading</p>
<p class="h5">h5. Boosted heading</p>
<p class="h6">h6. Boosted heading</p>

Customizing headings

Use the included utility classes to recreate the small secondary heading text from Boosted 3.

Fancy display heading With faded secondary text

<h3>
  Fancy display heading
  <small class="text-muted">With faded secondary text</small>
</h3>

Display headings

Traditional heading elements are designed to work best in the meat of your page content. When you need a heading to stand out, consider using a display heading—a larger, slightly more opinionated heading style.

Display size Desktop size Tablet size Mobile size Line height Desktop Letter spacing Desktop
Display 1 Bold 3.75rem (60px) Bold 3.125rem (50px) Bold 1.875rem (30px) 1 (60px) -0.15rem (-2.4px)
Display 2 Bold 3.125rem (50px) Bold 2.5rem (40px) Bold 1.5rem (24px) 1 (50px) -0.1rem (-1.6px)
Display 3 Bold 2.5rem (40px) Bold 2.125rem (34px) Bold 1.25rem (20px) 1 (40px) -0.075rem (-1.2px)
Display 4 Bold 2.125rem (34px) Bold 1.5rem (24px) Bold 1.125rem (18px) 1 (34px) -0.0625rem (-1px)
Display 1
Display 2
Display 3
Display 4
<h1 class="display-1">Display 1</h1>
<h1 class="display-2">Display 2</h1>
<h1 class="display-3">Display 3</h1>
<h1 class="display-4">Display 4</h1>

Regular text

Since only headings, display headings and strong text are meant to use Bold in main content, other contents should use regular font-weight.

Font size Desktop size Tablet size Mobile size Line height Desktop Letter spacing Desktop
Lead Regular 1.25rem (20px) Regular 1.125rem (18px) Regular 1rem (16px) 1.5 (30px) -0.015625rem (-0.25px)
Body copy Regular 1rem (16px) 1.5 (24px) -0.00625rem (-0.1px)
Small Regular .875rem (14px) 1.143 (16px) -0.00625rem (-0.1px)

Lead

Make a paragraph stand out by adding .lead.

Vivamus sagittis lacus vel augue laoreet rutrum faucibus dolor auctor. Duis mollis, est non commodo luctus.

<p class="lead">
  Vivamus sagittis lacus vel augue laoreet rutrum faucibus dolor auctor. Duis mollis, est non commodo luctus.
</p>

Inline text elements

Styling for common inline HTML5 elements.

You can use the mark tag to highlight text.

This line of text is meant to be treated as deleted text.

This line of text is meant to be treated as no longer accurate.

This line of text is meant to be treated as an addition to the document.

This line of text will render as underlined

This line of text is meant to be treated as fine print.

This line rendered as bold text.

This line rendered as bold text too, but would natively be italicized

<p>You can use the mark tag to <mark>highlight</mark> text.</p>
<p><del>This line of text is meant to be treated as deleted text.</del></p>
<p><s>This line of text is meant to be treated as no longer accurate.</s></p>
<p><ins>This line of text is meant to be treated as an addition to the document.</ins></p>
<p><u>This line of text will render as underlined</u></p>
<p><small>This line of text is meant to be treated as fine print.</small></p>
<p><strong>This line rendered as bold text.</strong></p>
<p><em>This line rendered as bold text too,</em> but would natively be italicized</p>

.mark and .small classes are also available to apply the same styles as <mark> and <small> while avoiding any unwanted semantic implications that the tags would bring.

While not shown above, feel free to use <b> and <i> in HTML5. <b> is meant to highlight words or phrases without conveying additional importance while <i> is mostly for voice, technical terms, etc.

Text utilities

Change text alignment, transform, style, weight, and color with our text utilities and color utilities.

Abbreviations

Stylized implementation of HTML’s <abbr> element for abbreviations and acronyms to show the expanded version on hover. Abbreviations have a default underline and gain a help cursor to provide additional context on hover and to users of assistive technologies.

Add .initialism to an abbreviation for a slightly smaller font-size.

attr

HTML

<p><abbr title="attribute">attr</abbr></p>
<p><abbr title="HyperText Markup Language" class="initialism">HTML</abbr></p>

Blockquotes

For quoting blocks of content from another source within your document. Wrap <blockquote class="blockquote"> around any HTML as the quote.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Integer posuere erat a ante.

<blockquote class="blockquote">
  <p class="mb-0">Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Integer posuere erat a ante.</p>
</blockquote>

Naming a source

Add a <footer class="blockquote-footer"> for identifying the source. Wrap the name of the source work in <cite>.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Integer posuere erat a ante.

Someone famous in Source Title
<blockquote class="blockquote">
  <p class="mb-0">Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Integer posuere erat a ante.</p>
  <footer class="blockquote-footer">Someone famous in <cite title="Source Title">Source Title</cite></footer>
</blockquote>

Lists

Unstyled

Remove the default list-style and left margin on list items (immediate children only). This only applies to immediate children list items, meaning you will need to add the class for any nested lists as well.

  • Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet
  • Consectetur adipiscing elit
  • Integer molestie lorem at massa
  • Facilisis in pretium nisl aliquet
  • Nulla volutpat aliquam velit
    • Phasellus iaculis neque
    • Purus sodales ultricies
    • Vestibulum laoreet porttitor sem
    • Ac tristique libero volutpat at
  • Faucibus porta lacus fringilla vel
  • Aenean sit amet erat nunc
  • Eget porttitor lorem
<ul class="list-unstyled">
  <li>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet</li>
  <li>Consectetur adipiscing elit</li>
  <li>Integer molestie lorem at massa</li>
  <li>Facilisis in pretium nisl aliquet</li>
  <li>Nulla volutpat aliquam velit
    <ul>
      <li>Phasellus iaculis neque</li>
      <li>Purus sodales ultricies</li>
      <li>Vestibulum laoreet porttitor sem</li>
      <li>Ac tristique libero volutpat at</li>
    </ul>
  </li>
  <li>Faucibus porta lacus fringilla vel</li>
  <li>Aenean sit amet erat nunc</li>
  <li>Eget porttitor lorem</li>
</ul>

Inline

Remove a list’s bullets and apply some light margin with a combination of two classes, .list-inline and .list-inline-item.

  • Lorem ipsum
  • Phasellus iaculis
  • Nulla volutpat
<ul class="list-inline">
  <li class="list-inline-item">Lorem ipsum</li>
  <li class="list-inline-item">Phasellus iaculis</li>
  <li class="list-inline-item">Nulla volutpat</li>
</ul>

Description list alignment

Align terms and descriptions horizontally by using our grid system’s predefined classes (or semantic mixins). For longer terms, you can optionally add a .text-truncate class to truncate the text with an ellipsis.

Description lists
A description list is perfect for defining terms.
Euismod

Vestibulum id ligula porta felis euismod semper eget lacinia odio sem nec elit.

Donec id elit non mi porta gravida at eget metus.

Malesuada porta
Etiam porta sem malesuada magna mollis euismod.
Truncated term is truncated
Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus.
Nesting
Nested definition list
Aenean posuere, tortor sed cursus feugiat, nunc augue blandit nunc.
<dl class="row">
  <dt class="col-sm-3">Description lists</dt>
  <dd class="col-sm-9">A description list is perfect for defining terms.</dd>

  <dt class="col-sm-3">Euismod</dt>
  <dd class="col-sm-9">
    <p>Vestibulum id ligula porta felis euismod semper eget lacinia odio sem nec elit.</p>
    <p>Donec id elit non mi porta gravida at eget metus.</p>
  </dd>

  <dt class="col-sm-3">Malesuada porta</dt>
  <dd class="col-sm-9">Etiam porta sem malesuada magna mollis euismod.</dd>

  <dt class="col-sm-3 text-truncate">Truncated term is truncated</dt>
  <dd class="col-sm-9">Fusce dapibus, tellus ac cursus commodo, tortor mauris condimentum nibh, ut fermentum massa justo sit amet risus.</dd>

  <dt class="col-sm-3">Nesting</dt>
  <dd class="col-sm-9">
    <dl class="row">
      <dt class="col-sm-4">Nested definition list</dt>
      <dd class="col-sm-8">Aenean posuere, tortor sed cursus feugiat, nunc augue blandit nunc.</dd>
    </dl>
  </dd>
</dl>

Orange square list

You may add o-square-list class to the root element of a list (<ul>) to get Orange square list style. Maximum elements depth is 3.

  • First
    • 1.1
      • 1.1.1
      • 1.1.2
    • 1.2
  • Second
  • Third
  • Fourth
<ul class="o-square-list">
    <li>First
        <ul>
            <li>1.1
                <ul>
                    <li>1.1.1</li>
                    <li>1.1.2</li>
                </ul>
            </li>
            <li>1.2</li>
        </ul>
    </li>
    <li>Second</li>
    <li>Third</li>
    <li>Fourth</li>
</ul>

By default, links are black, and not underlined

<a href="#">This is a sample default link</a>

Underlined

A link into a p tag become underlined, to be clearly identified.

Some text in a paragraph, and so the link are underline

<p>Some text in a paragraph, and so <a href="#">the link are underline</a></p>

With arrow

Add the class o-link-arrow to a link, add an arrow after the text link.

<a href="#" class="o-link-arrow">This is a sample link with arrow</a>

With back arrow

To convert arrow link to backward link, add back class to the link with class o-link-arrow.

<a href="#" class="o-link-arrow back">This is a sample link with arrow for backward</a>

Responsive typography

Responsive typography refers to scaling text and components by simply adjusting the root element’s font-size within a series of media queries. Boosted doesn’t do this for you, but it’s fairly easy to add if you need it.

Here’s an example of it in practice. Choose whatever font-sizes and media queries you wish.

html {
  font-size: 1rem;
}

@include media-breakpoint-up(sm) {
  html {
    font-size: 1.2rem;
  }
}

@include media-breakpoint-up(md) {
  html {
    font-size: 1.4rem;
  }
}

@include media-breakpoint-up(lg) {
  html {
    font-size: 1.6rem;
  }
}