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Design Principles

Chakra UI is established on principles that keep its components fairly consistent. Understanding these concepts will help you better contribute to Chakra UI.

Our goal is to design simple, composable components that cater to real life UI design problems. In order to do that, we developed a set of principles that help us always be on that path.

  • Style Props: All component styles can be overriden or extended via style props to reduce the use of css prop or styled(). Compose new components from Box or PseudoBox.

  • Simplicity: Strive to keep the component API fairly simple and show real world scenarios of using the component.

  • Composition: Break down components into smaller parts with minimal props to keep complexity low, and compose them together. This will ensure that the styles and functionality are flexible and extensible.

  • Accessibility: When creating a component, keep accessibility top of mind. This includes keyboard navigation, focus management, color contrast, voice over, and the correct aria-* attributes.

  • Dark Mode: Try to make components dark mode compatible. Use our ColorModeProvider, useColorMode hook to handle styling. Learn more about Dark mode

  • Naming Props: We all know naming is the hardest thing in this industry. Generally, ensure a prop name is indicative of what it does. Boolean props should be named using auxilliary verbs such as does, has, is and should. For example, Button uses isDisabled, isLoading, etc.

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