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Component

Action link

Use action links to help users get to the next stage of a journey quickly.

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How it looks (preview) (preview all)

How to call this component

<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/action_link", {
  text: "Go to NHS 111 online",
  href: "/page"
} %>

Accessibility acceptance criteria

Links in the component must:

  • accept focus
  • be focusable with a keyboard
  • be usable with a keyboard
  • indicate when they have focus
  • change in appearance when touched (in the touch-down state)
  • change in appearance when hovered
  • be usable with touch
  • be usable with voice commands
  • have visible text
  • have meaningful text

Other examples

Standard options

This component uses the component wrapper helper. It accepts the following options and applies them to the parent element of the component. See the component wrapper helper documentation for more detail.

  • id - accepts a string for the element ID attribute
  • data_attributes - accepts a hash of data attributes
  • aria - accepts a hash of aria attributes
  • classes - accepts a space separated string of classes, these should not be used for styling and must be prefixed with js-
  • role - accepts a space separated string of roles
  • lang - accepts a language attribute value
  • open - accepts an open attribute value (true or false)

With bottom margin (preview)

<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/action_link", {
  text: "Look at this margin",
  href: "/page",
  margin_bottom: 9
} %>

With no wrapping text (preview)

<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/action_link", {
  text: "Coronavirus (COVID-19):",
  nowrap_text: "what you need to do",
  href: "/page"
} %>

With light text (preview)

<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/action_link", {
  text: "Coronavirus (COVID-19)",
  href: "/page",
  light_text: true
} %>

With subtext (preview)

<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/action_link", {
  text: "Emergency something",
  href: "/page",
  subtext: "This is about the emergency"
} %>

With subtext on a dark background (preview)

<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/action_link", {
  text: "Emergency something",
  href: "/page",
  subtext: "This is about the emergency that is happening right now unfortunately so pay attention",
  light_text: true
} %>

Mobile subtext (preview)

Lock the subtext beneath the main text, so the component with subtext always appears as it does on mobile.

<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/action_link", {
  text: "Try not to panic now",
  href: "/page",
  subtext: "The thing that is happening is pretty scary but we'll get through it",
  mobile_subtext: true
} %>

Simple arrow (preview)

<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/action_link", {
  text: "Getting financial help and keeping your business safe",
  href: "/financial-help",
  simple: true
} %>

Simple light arrow (preview)

<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/action_link", {
  text: "Getting financial help and keeping your business safe",
  href: "/financial-help",
  light_text: true,
  simple_light: true
} %>

With dark icon (preview)

<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/action_link", {
  text: "Coronavirus (COVID-19)",
  href: "/my-test-page",
  dark_icon: true
} %>

With dark large icon (preview)

<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/action_link", {
  text: "Coronavirus (COVID-19)",
  href: "/my-test-page",
  dark_large_icon: true
} %>

With light icon (preview)

<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/action_link", {
  text: "Coronavirus (COVID-19)",
  href: "/my-test-page",
  light_icon: true
} %>