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The following web format is provided when compiling design tokens to SCSS using web-scss.

File structure#

During compilation, an _index.scss file will be created based on the design system YAML configuration file. Additional themes/_<name>.scss files will be created for each theme configured in the YAML file.

This would look something like the following:

├── themes/
│ ├── _day.scss
│ └── _night.scss
├── _index.scss


As mentioned above, a design system and multiple theme files are created. The design system file defines primitive variables, while each theme file defines color and palette variables, both of which rely on SCSS variables.

The compiled design system file looks something like the following:

$border-sm-radius: 0.11rem !default; // 1.50px
$border-sm-width: 0rem !default; // 0px
$border-df-radius: 0.21rem !default; // 3px
$border-df-width: 0.07rem !default; // 1px
$border-lg-radius: 0.32rem !default; // 4.50px
$border-lg-width: 0.14rem !default; // 2px
$breakpoint-xs-query: 'screen and (min-width: 45.71em)' !default;
$breakpoint-xs-query-size: 640 !default;
$breakpoint-xs-root-line-height: 1.33 !default;
$breakpoint-xs-root-text-size: 14.94px !default;
$breakpoint-sm-query: 'screen and (min-width: 68.57em)' !default;
$breakpoint-sm-query-size: 960 !default;
$breakpoint-sm-root-line-height: 1.42 !default;
$breakpoint-sm-root-text-size: 15.94px !default;
$breakpoint-md-query: 'screen and (min-width: 91.43em)' !default;
$breakpoint-md-query-size: 1280 !default;
$breakpoint-md-root-line-height: 1.52 !default;
$breakpoint-md-root-text-size: 17.01px !default;
$breakpoint-lg-query: 'screen and (min-width: 114.29em)' !default;
$breakpoint-lg-query-size: 1600 !default;
$breakpoint-lg-root-line-height: 1.62 !default;
$breakpoint-lg-root-text-size: 18.15px !default;
$breakpoint-xl-query: 'screen and (min-width: 137.14em)' !default;
$breakpoint-xl-query-size: 1920 !default;
$breakpoint-xl-root-line-height: 1.73 !default;
$breakpoint-xl-root-text-size: 19.36px !default;
$depth-content: 100 !default;
$depth-navigation: 1000 !default;
$depth-sheet: 1100 !default;
$depth-overlay: 1200 !default;
$depth-modal: 1300 !default;
$depth-toast: 1400 !default;
$depth-dialog: 1500 !default;
$depth-menu: 1600 !default;
$depth-tooltip: 1700 !default;
$heading-l1-letter-spacing: 0.25px !default;
$heading-l1-line-height: 1.5 !default;
$heading-l1-size: 1.14rem !default; // 16px
$heading-l2-letter-spacing: 0.33px !default;
$heading-l2-line-height: 1.69 !default;
$heading-l2-size: 1.43rem !default; // 20px
$heading-l3-letter-spacing: 0.44px !default;
$heading-l3-line-height: 1.9 !default;
$heading-l3-size: 1.79rem !default; // 25px
$heading-l4-letter-spacing: 0.59px !default;
$heading-l4-line-height: 2.14 !default;
$heading-l4-size: 2.23rem !default; // 31.25px
$heading-l5-letter-spacing: 0.79px !default;
$heading-l5-line-height: 2.4 !default;
$heading-l5-size: 2.79rem !default; // 39px
$heading-l6-letter-spacing: 1.05px !default;
$heading-l6-line-height: 2.7 !default;
$heading-l6-size: 3.49rem !default; // 48.80px
$shadow-xs-x: 0rem !default; // 0px
$shadow-xs-y: 0.14rem !default; // 2px
$shadow-xs-blur: 0.14rem !default; // 2px
$shadow-xs-spread: 0rem !default; // 0px
$shadow-sm-x: 0rem !default; // 0px
$shadow-sm-y: 0.23rem !default; // 3.24px
$shadow-sm-blur: 0.27rem !default; // 3.75px
$shadow-sm-spread: 0rem !default; // 0px
$shadow-md-x: 0rem !default; // 0px
$shadow-md-y: 0.37rem !default; // 5.24px
$shadow-md-blur: 0.39rem !default; // 5.50px
$shadow-md-spread: 0rem !default; // 0px
$shadow-lg-x: 0rem !default; // 0px
$shadow-lg-y: 0.61rem !default; // 8.47px
$shadow-lg-blur: 0.52rem !default; // 7.25px
$shadow-lg-spread: 0rem !default; // 0px
$shadow-xl-x: 0rem !default; // 0px
$shadow-xl-y: 0.98rem !default; // 13.71px
$shadow-xl-blur: 0.64rem !default; // 9px
$shadow-xl-spread: 0rem !default; // 0px
$spacing-xs: 0.31rem !default; // 4.38px
$spacing-sm: 0.63rem !default; // 8.75px
$spacing-df: 1.25rem !default; // 17.50px
$spacing-lg: 2.5rem !default; // 35px
$spacing-xl: 3.75rem !default; // 52.50px
$spacing-unit: 17.5 !default;
$text-sm-line-height: 1.25 !default;
$text-sm-size: 0.89rem !default; // 12.45px
$text-df-line-height: 1.25 !default;
$text-df-size: 1rem !default; // 14px
$text-lg-line-height: 1.25 !default;
$text-lg-size: 1.13rem !default; // 15.75px
$typography-font-heading: 'Roboto' !default;
$typography-font-monospace: '"Lucida Console", Monaco, monospace' !default;
$typography-font-text: 'Roboto' !default;
$typography-font-system: 'system-ui, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, "Segoe UI", Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, "Apple Color Emoji", "Segoe UI Emoji", "Segoe UI Symbol"' !default;
$typography-root-line-height: 1.25 !default;
$typography-root-text-size: 14px !default;

While the compiled theme files look loosely like the below (removed some repetition for brevity).

@import '..';
$palette-brand-color-00: #eceff1 !default;
$palette-brand-color-10: #cfd8dc !default;
$palette-brand-color-20: #b0bec5 !default;
$palette-brand-color-30: #90a4ae !default;
$palette-brand-color-40: #78909c !default;
$palette-brand-color-50: #607d8b !default;
$palette-brand-color-60: #546e7a !default;
$palette-brand-color-70: #455a64 !default;
$palette-brand-color-80: #37474f !default;
$palette-brand-color-90: #263238 !default;
$palette-brand-bg-base: #78909c !default;
$palette-brand-bg-focused: #607d8b !default;
$palette-brand-bg-hovered: #546e7a !default;
$palette-brand-bg-selected: #607d8b !default;
$palette-brand-bg-disabled: #90a4ae !default;
$palette-brand-fg-base: #546e7a !default;
$palette-brand-fg-focused: #455a64 !default;
$palette-brand-fg-hovered: #37474f !default;
$palette-brand-fg-selected: #455a64 !default;
$palette-brand-fg-disabled: #607d8b !default;
// $palette-primary-...
// $palette-secondary-...
// $palette-tertiary-...
// $palette-neutral-...
// $palette-muted-...
// $palette-danger-...
// $palette-warning-...
// $palette-negative-...
// $palette-positive-...


The compiled SCSS variables can be imported with the @use at-rule. Only the theme files need to be imported, as the design system file is pre-imported within each theme.

Begin by importing the theme into scope using a namespace.

@use "styles/<target>/themes/day" as token;
.button {
font-size: token.$text-df-size;

While namespacing is great to avoid collision, it can be a bit verbose. If you prefer to import into the global scope, use *.

@use "styles/<target>/themes/day" as *;
.button {
font-size: $text-df-size;

Variables support !default so that their value may be customized during import -- outside the context of the compiler. This is useful for migration purposes, but we suggest the patterns above and using the variables as-is.

@use "styles/<target>/themes/day" with (
$text-df-size: 16px,


We can utilize the compiled SCSS variables for reusability.

.button {
display: inline-block;
text-align: center;
font-size: $text-df-size;
line-height: $text-df-line-height;
padding: $spacing-sm $spacing-df;
color: $palette-brand-fg-base;
background-color: $palette-brand-bg-base;
&:hover {
color: $palette-brand-fg-hovered;
background-color: $palette-brand-bg-hovered;

And apply the classes to HTML as normal.

<button type="button" class="button">Continue</button>