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Readme: o-labels

Labels for content classification, to emphasise a value, or highlight a status.


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Label Types

There are three types of label:

Standard Label

The standard label is used for content classification or to emphasise a value. For example to highlight commercial or premium content for the core brand, or to highlight a service tier in internal products. Custom labels may be created.

Standard Label Sizes

This table outlines the possible standard label sizes.

Size Description Brand support
big Label with increased font size and padding. core, internal, whitelabel
small Label with decreased font size and padding. core, internal, whitelabel

Standard Label States

This table outlines the possible standard label states. Custom states may also be created.

State Description Brand support
content-commercial Used to identify paid posts or promoted content. core
content-premium Used to identify premium content. core
lifecycle-beta Used to identify a feature that's in beta. core
support-active Used to indicate that a component is actively maintained. internal
support-maintained Used to indicate that a component is maintained. internal
support-experimental Used to indicate that a component is an experimental feature. internal
support-deprecated Used to indicate that a component is deprecated. internal
support-dead Used to indicate that a component is no longer worked on. internal
tier-platinum Used to indicate a service with a platinum service tier. internal
tier-gold Used to indicate a service with a gold service tier. internal
tier-silver Used to indicate a service with a silver service tier. internal
tier-bronze Used to indicate a service with a bronze service tier. internal
oxford A colour based label with no specific meaning specified. internal
teal A colour based label with no specific meaning specified. internal
lemon A colour based label with no specific meaning specified. internal
slate A colour based label with no specific meaning specified. internal
jade A colour based label with no specific meaning specified. internal
crimson A colour based label with no specific meaning specified. internal
mandarin A colour based label with no specific meaning specified. internal

Indicator Label

The indicator label is used to show story status with new, updated, and live variants. The indicator label only supports the core brand but internal brand support is under consideration.

Indicator Label Status

This table outlines the possible indicator label statuses:

Indicator Description Brand support
live Indicate a story is live. core
closed Indicate a live story is no longer live. core
new Indicate a story is new. core
updated Indicate a story has been updated. core

Timestamp Label

The timestamp label is used to show article status in place of an indicator label when the article is not new, updated, or live. The timestamp label only supports the core brand.


Standard Label Markup

The most minimal markup for a standard label is as follows:

<span class="o-labels">Label</span>

Standard labels are displayed inline so including the above markup in a paragraph, for example, will make it sit alongside the text.

There are several size modifier classes which can be used to change the general appearance of a standard label:

<span class="o-labels o-labels--big">Big Label</span>
<span class="o-labels o-labels--small">Small Label</span>

Labels can also have one of several states. The available states depend on which brand you are using (there are no states for whitelabel branded components):

The following core brand states are used to categorise content, mostly on FT.com:

<span class="o-labels o-labels--content-commercial">Paid Post</span> (used for paid post and promoted content)
<span class="o-labels o-labels--content-premium">Premium</span> (used for premium-only content)

The following state is used to indicate that a feature is in a beta state:

<span class="o-labels o-labels--lifecycle-beta">Beta</span>

The following internal brand states are used to represent the different support levels of Origami components:

<span class="o-labels o-labels--support-active">Active</span>
<span class="o-labels o-labels--support-maintained">Maintained</span>
<span class="o-labels o-labels--support-experimental">Experimental</span>
<span class="o-labels o-labels--support-deprecated">Deprecated</span>
<span class="o-labels o-labels--support-dead">Dead</span>

The following internal brand states are used to represent the FT's service tiers:

<span class="o-labels o-labels--support-platinum">Platinum</span>
<span class="o-labels o-labels--support-gold">Gold</span>
<span class="o-labels o-labels--support-silver">Silver</span>
<span class="o-labels o-labels--support-bronze">Bronze</span>

The internal brand may also use colour palette based states, these do not specify a particular usecase for flexibility:

<span class="o-labels o-labels--oxford">oxford</span>
<span class="o-labels o-labels--teal">teal</span>
<span class="o-labels o-labels--lemon">lemon</span>
<span class="o-labels o-labels--slate">slate</span>
<span class="o-labels o-labels--jade">jade</span>
<span class="o-labels o-labels--crimson">crimson</span>
<span class="o-labels o-labels--mandarin">mandarin</span>

Indicator Label Markup

Indicator labels have one of three statuses:

Use the following markup for a live label:

<span class="o-labels-indicator o-labels-indicator--live">
    <span class="o-labels-indicator__status">

Use the modifier class o-labels-indicator--closed for a closed label:

<span class="o-labels-indicator o-labels-indicator--closed">
    <span class="o-labels-indicator__status">

For an updated or new label use the associated modifier class, e.g. o-labels-indicator--updated, and add a child element o-labels-indicator__timestamp to show the new/updated time. We recommend using o-date to format the timestamp element.

<span class="o-labels-indicator o-labels-indicator--new">
    <span class="o-labels-indicator__status">
    <time class="o-labels-indicator__timestamp">
        <!-- demo `time` element only (the datetime is not 1 hour ago) -->
        <time datetime="2020-07-09T12:52:33+0000" title="July 9 2020 1:52 pm">1 hour ago</time>

Indicator labels also support an inverse theme for use on dark backgrounds. To use an inverse theme add the o-labels-indicator--inverse class to your markup.

-<span class="o-labels-indicator o-labels-indicator--live">
+<span class="o-labels-indicator o-labels-indicator--live o-labels-indicator--inverse">
    <span class="o-labels-indicator__status">

Timestamp Markup

To include a timestamp label use the following markup. Note the timestamp label also supports an optional inverse variant for dark background with the o-labels-timestamp--inverse class:

<time class="o-labels-timestamp o-labels-timestamp--inverse">
    <!-- demo `time` element only -->
    <time datetime="2016-02-29T12:35:48Z" title="February 29 2016 12:35 pm">February 29 2016</time>

As with the indicator label, we recommend using o-date to format the timestamp element.


Output all label styles with the oLabels mixin:

@include oLabels();

Or pass an options map $opts argument to output just the label styles you need. Options include:

@include oLabels($opts: (
    // standard label sizes to output
    // e.g. .o-labels--big
    'sizes': ('big'),
    // standard label states to output
    // e.g. .o-labels--content-commercial
    'states': (
    // indicator label labels to output
    // .o-labels-indicator
    'indicators': (
        // indicator label statuses to output
        // .o-labels-indicator--live
        'status': ('live'),
        // whether to output the indicator label inverse style
        // .o-labels-indicator--inverse
        'inverse': true,
    // output the timestamp label label
    // .o-labels-timestamp
    'timestamp': (
        // whether to output the timestamp label inverse style
        // .o-labels-timestamp--inverse
        'inverse': true

Custom Standard Label State

Use oLabelsAddState mixin to add a custom label state for the standard label. See the oLabelsAddState SassDoc for more details.

// outputs a class .o-labels--citrus-fruit
@include oLabelsAddState('citrus-fruit', (
    background-color: oColorsByName('lemon')

Custom Markup

When it's not possible to use an o-labels CSS class, for example within another Origami component, use:

If it is possible to use o-labels classes we recommend oLabels and oLabelsAddStates instead. Using these will help reduce the size of your CSS bundle where multiple labels are used.


oLabelsContent accepts an $opts argument which is a map of options. To output styles required by all labels set "base" to "true". Then set the labels "sizes" and its "state". Any of these options may be output independently.

To output an existing label:

.o-example-my-label {
    @include oLabelsContent($opts: (
        'base': true,
        'size': 'big',
        'state': 'tier-gold'

To output a custom label:

.o-example-my-custom-label {
    @include oLabelsContent($opts: (
        'base': true,
        'size': 'big',
        'state': (
            'background-color': oColorsByName('lemon')


As styles for the indicator label apply to multiple html elements, the oLabelsIndicatorContent accepts an $opts argument to output styles for each element separately.

// equivalent to .o-labels-indicator
.my-indicator-label {
    @include oLabelsIndicatorContent($opts: ('block': true));
// equivalent to .o-labels-indicator--live
.my-indicator-label--live {
    @include oLabelsIndicatorContent($opts: ('block': true, 'modifier': 'live'));
// equivalent to .o-labels-indicator__status
.my-indicator-label__status {
    @include oLabelsIndicatorContent($opts: ('element': 'status'));
// equivalent to .o-labels-indicator__timestamp
.my-indicator-label__timestamp {
    @include oLabelsIndicatorContent($opts: ('element': 'timestamp'));

Migration guide

State Major Version Last Minor Release Migration guide
✨ active 6 N/A migrate to v6
✨ active 5 5.2 migrate to v5
⚠ maintained 4 N/A migrate to v4
╳ deprecated 3 3.1.1 migrate to v3
╳ deprecated 2 2.1.0 N/A
╳ deprecated 1 1.0.6 N/A


If you have any questions or comments about this component, or need help using it, please either raise an issue, visit #origami-support or email Origami Support.


This software is published by the Financial Times under the MIT licence.

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GitHub: o-labels@6.2.2

Install o-labels

If using the Build Service, add o-labels@^6.2.2 to your link tag.

If using the npm package manager for a Manual Build, run npm install --save-peer "@financial-times/o-labels@^6.2.2".

Help & Support

o-labels is maintained directly by the Origami team. If you have any questions about o-labels or Origami in general, we are happy to help. 😊

Slack: #origami-support
Email: origami.support@ft.com

Feedback / Issues

To report a bug or request features please create an issue on Github. For support or general feedback please get in touch 😊

Slack: #origami-support
Email: origami.support@ft.com