I have had an initial look and I doubt one will find a more tested and documented web component library that works across browsers and devices. Adobe has made a substantial investment in their design language and tokens with great care for keyboard navigation and accessibility of every component so it strikes me as a solid basis to build framework free web apps on. Given Adobe are literally betting the farm on it I expect it to be a solid app UI and CSS choice with long term viability:
Adobe will start rolling out Spectrum 2 by bringing it to its web and iOS apps first, starting with a first set of updates to the web apps in early 2024. Over time, it will also come to the company’s flagship desktop tools like Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere Pro.
In total, Adobe plans to bring its new design language to well over 100 apps. Rolling out a new design system across such a wide number of applications is never an easy task. Just look at how long it took Google to bring its Material Design system to the majority of its services. Still, Adobe expects to be able to roll out Spectrum 2 to quite a few applications in 2024.
I am looking at experimenting with Adobes web components in conjunction with Chris Nelsons (@superchris) live_elements. Live elements improves the ergonomics of working with web components which he covers in his ElixirConf talk.
I think its exciting that with web components we can build rich framework free UI’s using component collections like Adobe Spectrum 2 and Shoelace.
Web Components just may be the right strategy to filling a large gap in the Phoenix ecosystem which currently lacks a capable component library.