What is a component in a design system?

Colin Oakley
Feb 1, 2018 · 4 min read
The smallest thing i.e an input
A collection of small things
A page of things
A pattern

Component? Atom? Element? UI asset?

“Atoms are the basic building blocks of matter. Applied to web interfaces, atoms are our HTML tags, such as a form label, an input or a button.”

Breakdown of a component

Principles

Outcomes

HTML

CSS

JavaScript

Documentation

Automated testing

Templating support

Colin Oakley

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front-end developer in Government into html, css, node.js and a11y. Co-orginizer of Frontend North East.

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