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Design token translation tools

Published : Apr 26, 2023
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Apr 2023
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Design tokens are a useful mechanism for defining standard elements in design systems. But, keeping those design elements consistent across media such as mobile apps or web frameworks is an increasingly formidable task. Design token translation tools simplify this problem by organizing and automating transformation from the token description (in YAML or JSON) into the code that actually controls rendering in a given medium such as CSS, React components or HTML. Style Dictionary is an open-source example that is widely used and integrates well into automated build pipelines, but there are also commercial alternatives such as Specify.

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